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Remain in Your Calling: Paul and the Continuation of Social Identities in 1 Corinthians Paperback – November 7, 2011
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In this in-depth study of the formation of social identities, Tucker steps carefully but with an easy confidence through the maze of theoretical approaches. His assessment of differing stances is astute, well informed, and fair. In conversation with a vast array of literature, and in careful negotiation with the text of the New Testament, he offers a fascinating introduction to Paul's approach to the formation of social identities that is unlikely soon to be surpassed.
William S. Campbell
Reader in Biblical Studies
University of Wales, Trinity St. David
J. Brian Tucker has produced an impressive study in one of the most important and exiting areas of Pauline scholarship: the construction of Christian identity. Tucker's suggestion that Paul transforms, rather than creates, existing social identities without obliterating the original ones is highly convincing and moves the discussion significantly forward. This is an indispensable work for scholars of early Christianity and foundational for students of the formation of the early Christ movement.
Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
Lund University --Wipf and Stock Publishers
About the Author
J. Brian Tucker is Associate Professor of New Testament at Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. He is the author of You Belong to Christ: Paul and the Formation of Social Identity in 1 Corinthians 1-4 (Pickwick, 2010).
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One question I would love to have seen further detail on was Paul's methodology of contextualization, and how he would have lived in a Greco-Roman context in light of 1 Cor 9. It was briefly mentioned, but I wasn't convinced that Paul wouldn't act as a Gentile around the Gentiles just yet. Though he would encourage others probably to do that, I think he was more keen not to take advantage of his rights as a believer or an apostle (such as him not taking money from the Corinthians not to be seen as a common Sophist performer).