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The Theology of the First Letter to the Corinthians : New Testament Theology - Victor Paul Furnish

The Theology of the First Letter to the Corinthians

New Testament Theology

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This study shows that the common view of 1 Corinthians as mainly about 'ethics' and therefore of little importance for 'theology' needs correcting. Furnish argues that 1 Corinthians is an even better place to take the apostle's theological pulse than the allegedly 'more theological' letters to the Galatians and Romans, because here it is especially evident how his thinking about the gospel took place within the crucible of his missionary and pastoral labours. Paul's complex theological legacy is not a systematic theology or even the basis for constructing a theological system. However, we come close to the heart of Paul's legacy in his clear-sighted identification of the gospel with the saving power of God's love as disclosed in Christ, and his insistence that those who are called to belong to Christ are thereby summoned to be agents of God's love wherever in the world they have received that call.

"This small volume is an excellent primer for the student who is beginning a study of Pauline theology and will benefit all students of the Pauline letters." Choice "...a careful exposition of 1 Corinthians with perhaps more attention to theological themes than one generally finds in commentaries of this length." Word & World "This is a thoughtful, carefully written book. I plan to have it on my reading list for next semester's course on Paul." Theology Today "...an elegant and very readable style...This book is truly multum in parvo." Southwestern Journal of Theology "...all students - teaching and preaching pastors especially - will benefit from reading attentively this well-wrought work of historically informed theological exegesis." Pro Ecclesia

Editor's prefacep. xi
Prefacep. xiii
List of abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Paul and the Corinthiansp. 1
Approaching 1 Corinthiansp. 12
Knowing God, belonging to Christp. 28
God's church in Corinthp. 29
The wisdom and power of Godp. 37
Belonging to Christ, belonging to Godp. 46
Belonging to Christ in an unbelieving societyp. 49
Observing boundariesp. 50
Holding to the centerp. 54
Belonging to Christ in a believing communityp. 76
The Lord's tablep. 78
The believing communityp. 86
Hoping in God, the "all in all"p. 105
Belonging to the futurep. 106
The resurrection of the deadp. 108
God's final victoryp. 115
The significance of 1 Corinthians for Christian thoughtp. 122
1 Corinthians in the New Testamentp. 123
1 Corinthians in the churchp. 131
Select bibliographyp. 145
Index of referencesp. 148
Index of namesp. 162
Index of subjectsp. 165
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ISBN: 9780521352529
ISBN-10: 0521352525
Series: New Testament Theology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 4th January 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.39