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Ben Witherington: A Week in the Life of Corinth

“Enmity Conventions” spotlights a fascinating underbelly of the ancient world. It was one thing not to get along with someone. It was quite another thing to have offended someone, such as refusing a gift or even patronage offered by a superior. Mafia-like conduct could ensue. How illustrative of humanity’s hostility or enmity toward God who has done nothing to offend.

Witherington does not avoid the deed and word power aspects of 1 Corinthians such as tongues, prophecy, worship, and the hero’s deeply felt reactions and responses.  Especially insightful is the hero’s internal conflict over divine healing that shows the Greco-Roman skepticism within which Paul ministered. Paul’s passionate disclaimer against being a charlatan and a huckster makes new sense.

Highly recommended for all Christian workers needing increased NT background and for general readers.

Reviewed by James Williams

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Category: Biblical Studies, Winter 2014

About the Author: James Williams, the father of five and grandfather of thirteen, has pastored in the Vineyard and in the United Methodist Church. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Regent University writing on the Charismatic Movement in the United Methodist Church and believes that teaching Christian history should be like pulling out the family photo album.

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