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"When You Were Gentiles"

"When You Were Gentiles": Specters of Ethnicity in Roman Corinth and Paul's Corinthian Correspondence

Cavan W. Concannon
Dale B. Martin
L. L. Welborn
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 320
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    "When You Were Gentiles"
    Book Description:

    Cavan W. Concannon makes a significant contribution to Pauline studies by imagining the responses of the Corinthians to Paul's letters. Based on surviving written materials and archaeological research, this book offers a textured portrait of the ancient Corinthians with whom Paul conversed, argued, debated, and partnered, focusing on issues of ethnicity, civic identity, politics, and empire. In doing so, the author provides readers a unique opportunity to assess anew, and imagine possibilities beyond, Paul's complicated legacy in shaping Western notions of race, ethnicity, and religion.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-20959-4
    Subjects: History, Religion

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xvi)
  5. List of Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  6. Introduction: Of Ghosts and Specters: The Reception of Paul’s Rhetoric of Ethnicity in Corinth
    (pp. 1-22)

    Such is Adolf von Harnack’s summary of early Christian attitudes toward Judaism, in which a Christianity that wipes away sex, age, social position, and nationality is contrasted with the peculiar, national religion of Judaism. Coming from a leading German theologian of the generation before the rise of the Nazis, this statement is both chilling and familiar. The stereotyping of Judaism as a particular and strange ethnic religion is frightening in how it foreshadows Nazi propaganda, but the praise of a Christianity that saw the eradication of social, gendered, or ethnic barriers is itself a familiar part of contemporary Christian self-description....