Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 2010 - Bibles - 178 pages
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In a series of exchanges with the Corinthians in the mid-50s AD, Paul continually sought to define the meaning of his message, his body and his letters, at times insisting upon a literal understanding, at others urging the reader to move beyond the words to a deeper sense within. Proposing a fresh approach to early Christian exegesis, Margaret M. Mitchell shows how in the Corinthian letters Paul was fashioning the very principles that later authors would use to interpret all scripture. Originally delivered as The Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies at Oxford University, this volume recreates the dynamism of the Pauline letters in their immediate historical context and beyond it in their later use by patristic exegetes. An engagingly written, insightful demonstration of the hermeneutical impact of Paul's Corinthian correspondence on early Christian exegetes, it also illustrates a new way to think about the history of reception of biblical texts.
  

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Contents

Theagłon of Pauline interpretation
18
between rhetoric
38
hermeneutics of occlusion
58
interpretive criteria in
79
Hermeneutical exhaustion and the ends of interpretation
95
Notes
116
Bibliography
159
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Margaret M. Mitchell is Dean and Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of chicago Divinity School. She is the author of The heavenly trumpet: John Chrysostom and the art of Pauline interpretation (2002) and the co-editor (with Frances M. Young) ofThe Cambridge history of Christianity: vol. I: Origins to Constantine (Cambridge. 2006).

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