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Bibil Identifier bibil:247271
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Corinthian Democracy
Title (English, ) Democratic Discourse in 1 Corinthians
Author Miller, Anna C.
Series Princeton Theological Monograph Series
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 41353
Place 227.31.08
Publishing house Pickwick Publications
Place Eugene, Oregon
ISBN 978-1-62032-905-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
230 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract In this innovative study, Anna Miller challenges prevailing New Testament scholarship that has largely dismissed the democratic civic assembly--the ekklesia--as an institution that retained real authority in the first century CE. Using an interdisciplinary approach, she examines a range of classical and early imperial sources to demonstrate that ekklesia democracy continued to saturate the eastern Roman Empire, widely impacting debates over authority, gender, and speech. In the first letter to the Corinthians, she demonstrates that Paul's persuasive rhetoric is itself shaped and constrained by the democratic discourse he shares with his Corinthian audience. Miller argues that these first-century Corinthians understood their community as an authoritative democratic assembly in which leadership and ''citizenship'' cohered with the public speech and discernment open to each. This Corinthian identity illuminates struggles and debates throughout the letter, including those centered on leadership, community dynamics, and gender. Ultimately, Miller's study offers new insights into the tensions that inform Paul's letter. In turn, these insights have critical implications for the dialogue between early Judaism and Hellenism, the study of ancient politics and early Christianity, and the place of gender in ancient political discourse.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Letters to the Corinthians : 1 Corinthians
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Politics
Terms ἐκκλησία εκκλησια
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