Idol Food in Corinth: Jewish Background and Pauline Legacy

Voorkant
A&C Black, 1 jan. 1999 - 364 pagina's
This historical and exegetical investigation strongly challenges the widely held view that Paul regarded idol food as a matter of indifference, to be avoided only for the sake of the spiritual health of the weak. An exhaustive treatment of early Christian material shows that early authors were deeply influenced by Paul's discussion in 1 Corinthians 8-10, and yet they were totally unaware of the subsequent traditional understanding that Paul regarded idol food as indifferent. Even those who advocated eating idol food did not once appeal to Paul's discussion for support. An alternative understanding is proposed: Paul considers conscious consumption of idol food a denial of one's allegiance to Christ. One must avoid idol food if, and only if, it is identified as such.
 

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Preface
7
Introduction
15
THE SOCIAL MEANING OF EATING IDOL FOOD
27
Chapter 2
39
Chapter 3
82
Conclusion
162
Chapter 4
165
Assumptions and General Remarks
171
Tertullian
256
Minucius Felix
261
Clement of Alexandria
262
Origen
267
Novatian
272
Later Patristic Writers
275
Conclusions
278
Excursus
284

The Book of Acts
177
Revelation
197
Ezra
209
The Apostolic Fathers
210
Pagan References to Early Christian Attitudes toward Idol Food
220
The Apologists
236
Irenaeus
242
Marcion
247
The Gnostics
253
Chapter 5
296
The Origins of Pauls Approach
299
Concluding Hermeneutical Reflections
303
Appendix EVALUATION OF SOME MAJOR STUDIES
306
Bibliography
323
Index of References
350
Index of Authors
361
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