Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 2010 - Bibles - 178 pages
0 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Theagˆon of Pauline interpretation
between rhetoric
hermeneutics of occlusion
interpretive criteria in
Hermeneutical exhaustion and the ends of interpretation

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

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).

Bibliographic information