Stephen M. Vantassel
Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians
Downers Grove, 2011
Kenneth E. Bailey is well known for books like Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes, in which he examines the Gospels in their cultural context. In this book, he sheds light on Paul’s thought in First Corinthians by examining Old Testament and Near Eastern language forms.
Bailey guides us through Paul’s employment of Hebraic and Mediterranean poetic styles. He also compares the works of Christians in the Coptic, Syriac and Arabic traditions to Paul’s writing, offering a fresh perspective on familiar passages. This scholarly yet accessible study is a helpful addition to any bookshelf—even those crowded with commentaries on First Corinthians.