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- DescriptionThis is a fresh, cogent and persuasive reading of the toriously difficult 1 Corinthians 5, examining the history of interpretation of this passage. 1 Corinthians 5:5 is a curious passage which has been variously interpreted by scholars. For some, it detes a magical curse which is designed to cause the physical death of the sinner. Others have found such an interpretation unpersuasive. Instead, they maintain that Paul's words at verse five are to be understood as a metaphor for exclusion from the Corinthian community. So, the errant Corinthian is t to die by a curse, but is to be excluded.This work argues for the former interpretation by marshalling a range of the most recent - specialised - magical material, which has t been considered by other works in relation to 1 Corinthians 5. It fully ackwledges the weaknesses of previous magical interpretations, and metaphorical approaches to the passage. Instead, it presents a fresh magical reading of t only 1 Corinthians 5:5, but the whole of 1 Corinthians 5 - within its wider context of the apostle Paul's letter to the Corinthians.Formerly the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement , a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. The Early Christianity in Context series, a part of JSNTS , examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and ecomic context. European Seminar on Christian Origins and Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement are also part of JSNTS .
- Author BiographyDavid Raymond Smith has studied at International Christian College, Glasgow, University of Glasgow (graduating B. D. [hons] First Class]), Princeton Theological Seminary, USA (graduating Th.M. New Testament); and the University of Durham (graduating Ph.D. New Testament). He is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh towards a PGDE (Secondary) in Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies.
- Author(s)David Raymond Smith
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication13/04/2009
- SubjectChristianity: Bibles & Liturgy
- Series TitleThe Library of New Testament Studies
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 386
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintT.& T.Clark Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition Statement386th
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