Solidarity and Difference: A Contemporary Reading of Paul's Ethics

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 19, 2015 - Religion - 384 pages
David G. Horrell presents a study of Pauline ethics, examining how Paul's moral discourse envisages and constructs communities in which there is a strong sense of solidarity but also legitimate difference in various aspects of ethical practice. Horrell reads New Testament texts with an explicit awareness of contemporary ethical theory, and assesses Paul's contribution as a moral thinker in the context of modern debate.


Using a framework indebted to the social sciences, as well as to contemporary ethical theory, Horrell examines the construction of community in Paul's letters, the notions of purity, boundaries and identity, Paul's attempts to deal with diversity in his churches, the role of imitating Christ in Paul's ethics, and the ethic Paul develops for interaction with 'outsiders'. Finally, the pattern of Paul's moral thinking is considered in relation to the liberal-communitarian debate, with explicit consideration given to the central moral norms of Pauline thought, and the prospects for, and problems with, appropriating these in the contemporary world. This Cornerstones edition includes an extended reflective introduction and a substantial foreword from N.T. Wright.
 

Contents

Foreword
xi
Preface to the Cornerstones Edition
xvii
Solidarity and Difference Ten Years On
xix
Preface
xli
Abbreviations
xlvii
Introduction
1
From Bultmann to Boyarin
7
Contrasting Approaches in Contemporary Ethical Theory
51
Corporate Solidarity in Christ
109
The Rhetoric of Distinction
147
The Strong and the Weak 1 Cor 810 Rom 1415
183
7 OtherRegard and Christ as Moral Paradigm
225
8 Ethics and Outsiders
271
Paul among Liberals and Communitarians
301
Bibliography
321
Indexes
359

Myth Ritual Identity and Ethics
91

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About the author (2015)

David G. Horrell is Professor of New Testament at the University of Exeter UK, and author of Becoming Christian (T&T Clark 2013).

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