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Conflict and Community in Corinth: Socio-rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2… (edition 1994)

by Ben Witherington (Author)

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Title:Conflict and Community in Corinth: Socio-rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians
Authors:Ben Witherington (Author)
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Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians by Ben Witherington III

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Witherington does an excellent job with the social-scientific approach to the Corinthian correspondence. He combines this with a rhetorical outline of the books that focuses on the texts as organized around Greco-Roman rhetoric rather than thematic or theological outlines of most commentaries. Some of his theological conclusions are only lightly explained and one may need to read his other works [b:Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A Study of Jesus' Attitudes to Women and Their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life|1475541|Women in the Ministry of Jesus A Study of Jesus' Attitudes to Women and Their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life|Ben Witherington III|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348748391s/1475541.jpg|1466554] and [b:Women in the Earliest Churches|2043573|Women in the Earliest Churches|Ben Witherington III|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348759737s/2043573.jpg|2048505] for fuller explanations on his egalitarian stance (which he simply assumes in Conflict & Community).

His last 2/3 or 3/4 of the book covers 2 Corinthians which I found lacking in depth. Witherington's expertise is clearly in 1 Corinthians and he regrettably didn't give the same level of treatment to the second and more neglected letter (editorial fatigue!?).

This is a great addition to any Pauline collection but I will certainly be supplementing it with another commentary for my next pass through 1-2 Cor. ( )
  sc4 | Oct 31, 2017 |
One of the best books available on the Corinthian correspondence, and one of Witherington's best book. The strength of his socio-rhetorical method is shown in this volume. His treatment of the unity of 2 Corinthians is one of the finest done. An important reference for anyone doing serious study of 1 or 2 Corinthians, or Paul's life and theology more generally. ( )
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