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Bibil Identifier bibil:224820
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Political Economy of Eating Idol Meat: Practice, Structure, and Subversion in 1 Corinthians 8 through the Sociological Lens of Pierre Bourdieu
Author Lim, Sung Uk
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 34, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 155-172 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper intends to delve into the political economy of the symbolic practice of eating idol meat in 1 Corinthians 8 from a Bourdieuian perspective. My contention is that Paul attempts to undermine the Roman socioeconomic system by substituting a dietary habitus of abstention for a dietary habitus of consumption. In Bourdieu’s view, the Roman colony of Corinth can be seen as a religious field consisting of a conflict over different capital between the strong and the weak. Through rhetorical strategies, Paul enables the weak to subvert the hierarchical structure as embodied in the practice of idol meat consumption, while simultaneously urging the strong to surrender the claim to their authority. Thus, while deconstructing an old, colonial habitus of consumption, Paul reconstructs a new, postcolonial habitus of abstention.
DOI 10.1163/18712207-12341242
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Empire
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Corinth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Paul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Postcolonialism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Sociology
Pericopes 1 Corinthians 8
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