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literary and cultural studies
on 17 October 2011
Having enjoyed "Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes", I jumped at the chance to pre-order this book. I dug into it as soon as I received the shipment. I find it harder to read than the first, and far more literary/rhetorical, but full of insights and answers, so continue to work my way through.
In many ways, the church owes a lot to the Corinthians, because Paul had to tackle a lot of very practical problems in writing the book, so this volume comes as a wonderful perspective on the many issues raised by his writing. Especially helpful is the extensive structural and literary critique throughout, breaking the work into the units that the writing structure suggests, rather than by chapter and verse. This brings what seem like stray thoughts into a larger context.
In spite the similarity of title, the two works are very different: the Jesus book dealt with a person, his life, his context, his way of relating to people, and his sayings; the Paul book engages with one sample of his writing, and is as much a book about the writing itself as the ideas. I have recommended the Jesus book across a broad spectrum of people and nearly everyone, even just dipping into it, gets something out of it. The Paul book makes more demands of the reader in terms of concentration and educational background. I still recommend it highly, just not so widely.