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Philo and Paul Among the Sophists: Alexandrian and Corinthian Responses to a Julio-Claudian Movement Paperback – October 31, 2001
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The premise is simple. Paul wrote Corinthians in response to the the practice of sophistry which had permetated the church at Corinth. When seen in that light, many of the passages previously obscured become clear. (If you are not familiar with the first sophists or the terms concerning Greek rhetoric you may want to read "Retrieving the Ancients, an Introduction to Greek Philosophy" as a preamble. I'm sure there are other introductory books out there as well.) A glossary on the basic terms of Greek rhetoric would have been immensely helpful, but unfortunately none was provided. Obviously the intended audience was academicians. A shame really, because with a few alterations it could reach a much wider audience.
Part of the sophistic tradition was that the sophist teachers would gather around themselves disciples and then begin contending vigorously with other sophists--- Does the "I am of Paul, I am of Apollos" ring a bell now?"
A very good scholarly explanation and exegesis of the Corinthian letters.