Paul and Image: Reading First Corinthians in Visual Terms

Paul and Image: Reading First Corinthians in Visual Terms

by Philip Erwin


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In Paul and Image, Philip Erwin challenges conventional interpretations of 1 Corinthians that tend to overlook the significance of ancient Roman visual culture in framing and posing exegetical questions. He argues that in 1 Corinthians Paul engaged in a long-standing philosophical discussion of visual representation, with consequential implications for how he and his Corinthian addressees interacted with the imagery around them. By situating Paul's letter in the context of the critical discourse on visual representation from Plato to Philo to the Second Sophistic, Erwin redefines Paul's critique of human wisdom, treatment of idols, and resurrection discourse in visual terms.

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ISBN-13: 9781978710719
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Series: Paul in Critical Contexts Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Philip Erwin (Ph.D, Graduate Theological Union) is a scholar of the New Testament whose research focuses on the relationship between the letters of Paul and the material and discursive elements of ancient Greco-Roman visual culture.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Plato's Critique of Art and the Phenomenon of Mimesis: the Beginning of a Philosophical Dialogue Chapter Two Art in Dialogue (with Plato): Occasions of Appropriation and Rejoinder in Philo of Alexandria, Dio Chrysostom, and Lucian of Samosata Chapter Three Paul on Speech and Image in 1 Cor 1-2: Entering a Dialogue Chapter Four Paul on the Power of Images in 1 Cor 8 and 10: Externalizing the Dialogue Chapter Five Paul on the Death and Resurrection of the Image in 1 Cor 15: Toward an End of the Dialogue

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