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Idol Food In Corinth : Jewish Backgr -  Cheung

Idol Food In Corinth

Jewish Backgr

By: Cheung

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This historical and exegetical investigation strongly challenges the widely held view that Paul regarded idol food as a matter of indifference, to be avoided only for the sake of the spiritual health of the weak. An exhaustive treatment of early Christian material shows that early authors were deeply influenced by Paul's discussion in 1 Corinthians 8-10, and yet they were totally unaware of the subsequent traditional understanding that Paul regarded idol food as indifferent. Even those who advocated eating idol food did not once appeal to Paul's discussion for support. An alternative understanding is proposed: Paul considers conscious consumption of idol food a denial of one's allegiance to Christ. One must avoid idol food if, and only if, it is identified as such.

Prefacep. 7
Abbreviationsp. 11
Introductionp. 15
The Social Meaning of Eating Idol Foodp. 27
The Nature and Occasions of Eating Idol Foodp. 28
The Social Significance of Mealsp. 35
Some Implications for the Problem of Idol Food in Corinthp. 36
The Background to Paul's Attitude to Idol Food in Early Judaismp. 39
The Jewish Scripturesp. 41
Jewish Apocryphal Writingsp. 43
Jewish Pseudepigraphical Writingsp. 49
Qumranp. 56
Philop. 56
Excursusp. 60
Josephusp. 65
Rabbinic Writingsp. 69
Pagan Authors on Jewish Attitudep. 74
Implications for our Understanding of Paul's Attitude to Idol Foodp. 76
Exegetical Investigation of 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1p. 82
Literary Integrity of 1 Corinthians 8.1-11.1p. 82
The Nature of the Problem in Corinth and Paul's Responsep. 85
An Alternative Understanding of Paul's Approach to [actual symbol not reproducible]p. 108
Conclusionp. 162
Excursusp. 162
The Early Christians' Understanding of Paul's Attitude to Idol Foodp. 165
The State of Researchp. 165
Assumptions and General Remarksp. 171
The Book of Actsp. 177
Revelationp. 197
6 Ezrap. 209
The Apostolic Fathersp. 210
Pagan References to Early Christian Attitudes toward Idol Foodp. 220
The Apologistsp. 236
Irenaeusp. 242
Marcionp. 247
The Gnosticsp. 253
Tertullianp. 256
Minucius Felixp. 261
Clement of Alexandriap. 262
Origenp. 267
Novatianp. 272
The Apostolic Constitutionsp. 272
Jewish Christianityp. 272
Later Patristic Writersp. 275
Conclusionsp. 278
Excursusp. 284
Summary and Concluding Reflectionsp. 296
Summaryp. 296
The Origins of Paul's Approachp. 299
Concluding Hermeneutical Reflectionsp. 303
App. Evaluation of Some Major Studiesp. 306
Bibliographyp. 323
Index of Referencesp. 350
Index of Authorsp. 361
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ISBN: 9781850759041
ISBN-10: 1850759049
Series: Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement S.
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 16.4  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1