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Bibil Identifier bibil:227158
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) When Cicero and St Paul Agree: Intra-Group Litigation Among the Luperci and the Corinthian Believers
Author Edsall, Benjamin
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 64, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 25-36 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Many commentators on 1 Cor. 6:1–8 have emphasized the aspects of individual honour and shame involved in civil litigation. However, they argue that such litigation was typical in the Roman world, which raises the question, how does Paul expect his readers to feel shame at their behaviour if it was considered normal? This article answers the question by highlighting the importance of communal honour and shame in the Roman world, also demonstrating how Greco-Roman notions of communal shame work in tandem with Paul’s eschatological differentiation of the Corinthian believers from their neighbours. To this end, I introduce an illuminating parallel from Cicero’s Pro Caelio which addresses intra-group litigation among the Luperci and I draw a line from that passage back to 1 Corinthians 6 by way of voluntary association rules and the widespread concern in antiquity for communal harmony.
DOI 10.1093/jts/flt013
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Cicero
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Justice
Pericopes 1 Corinthians 6,1-6,8
Terms ἅγιος αγιος
ἄδικος αδικος
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