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Title: St Paul, a transformational leader: a socio-historical and exegetical study of the Corinthian correspondence
Author: McCrea, Deirdre Patricia Elizabeth.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3623 4448
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2007
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This is a study of Paul's leadership which seeks to define in a broad way the model of leadership which Paul exemplified. It suggests that Paul offers not a blueprint for leadership, but a guide for Christian leaders to follow. Rec~nt studies by New Testament scholars have shown that Paul in his dealings with the· Corinthians adopted a counter-cultural stance. By combining the use of sociological analysis, classical Greek and Roman texts and exegetical studies of passages in the Corinthian correspondence with modem leadership theory, their insights have been developed. The theory of 'transformational leadership' as it has been developed by organizational leadership scholars Bums and Bass is used as a tool for analyzing Paul's leadership. Chapters 3-6 are intended to demonstrat~ that the essential characteristics of Paul's leadership are aptly encapsulated by the designation 'transformational leadership'. Firstly, it is argued that he had a vision with which he attempted to inspire and motivate the members of the Corinthian EKKAT)oia; secondly, that his own life of self-denying service was an example for all to follow; and finally, that as an agent of change and significant other, he challenged the dominant culture as he sought to build a new social world for the Corinthians to inhabit: a world in which they could become what they already are in Christ.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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