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Title: The body, the building and the field : Paul's metaphor for the church in 1 Corinthians in light of their usage in Greco-Roman literature
Author: DeNeui, Mark W.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
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In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he uses three images to identify the Corinthian congregation: “you are the body of Christ,” (1 Cor 12:27) “you are the building of God,” (1 Cor 3:9) and “you are the field of God” (1 Cor 3:9).  This study examines the use of these metaphors in Greco-Roman literature and compares this with Paul’s use of the metaphor in 1 Corinthians. The question of methodology is the first concern addressed.  The broader question of social-scientific approaches to the study of the New Testament is discussed and a specific approach termed “modified immersion” is defined and selected. The study then moves to the examination of the metaphors, with one chapter devoted to each of the three.  Each chapter begins with an assessment of the history of research of that particular metaphor in 1 Corinthians.  This is done to locate this present study within the context of the scholarly research of these metaphors.  Each chapter then continues with a detailed analysis of the use of these metaphors in Greco-Roman literature.  The authors and works in this section were chosen because they use the particular metaphor and they either pre-date Paul or are unlikely to have had any contact with Paul’s writings and are thus unlikely to be influenced by Paul’s use.  The various functions of the metaphors are examined and classified.  Specific aspects of the literary form of the metaphor are also considered.  This section in each chapter ends with a comparison between the Greco-Roman usage and Paul’s usage in 1 Corinthians.  Each chapter ends with an exegesis section which examines and attempts to understand Paul’s use of the metaphor in 1 Corinthians in light of the findings of the metaphor’s use in Greco-Roman literature.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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