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Title: Christ's Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor
Author: Kim, Yung Suk
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; Publication Date: 2008
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780800662851
Volumes: 1; Pages: 152
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Yung Suk Kim takes up the language of "body" that infuses 1 Corinthians, Paul's most complicated letter, and the letter that provides us the most information, and poses the sharpest questions, about social realities in the early church. Kim argues against the view that in speaking of the church as Christ's body Paul seeks to emphasize unity and the social boundary. Against the conventional rhetoric of the "body politic" in Greco-Roman philosophy, Kim argues that Paul seeks rather to nourish the vitality of a diverse community and to criticize the ideology of a powerful in-group in Corinth, a message of particular importance for contemporary global Christianity.