The Community, the Individual and the Common Good

The Community, the Individual and the Common Good

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This book investigates Paul's effort to combat factionalism by his use of the Greco-Roman rhetoric of 'the common advantage' to overcome socio-ethical problems caused by the improper exercise of 'private advantage' in Corinth. Chang examines 'the common advantage', first, as a fundamental principle that defined human and societal relationships in the Greco-Roman world. He explores how the neglect and misunderstanding of this principle lay at the root of relational and societal breakdowns. The book further examines Paul's use of the term and demonstrates that, when properly understood and appropriated, the principle of 'the common advantage' is pivotal to keeping societies and relationships dynamic and healthy. Conversely, when common advantage is not functioning and, concomitantly, private advantage is wrongly emphasized at its expense, relational, societal and ecclesiastical breakdowns occur. The book culminates in demonstrating that, for Paul, 'the common advantage' carries missional and salvific implications that override and subvert socio-ethnic boundaries. In this way, otherwise hostile social groups will realize a healthy symbiosis.... of I„a½c IƒI…I¼I†IsIIiI½ to the Corinthian situations.127 rhetorical analysis is also especially crucial for understanding IƒI…I¼I†IsIIiI½ in ... a number of words related to IƒI…I¼I†IsIIiI½ are found as well throughout 1 Corinthians a€“ terms that, for example, describe ... Rhetorica ad Herennium; Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria. for a discussion of ancient rhetoric and its development as a method of biblical interpretation, see G. a.

Title:The Community, the Individual and the Common Good
Author:Kei Eun Chang
Publisher:A&C Black - 2013-08-29


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