In this innovative study, Anna Miller challenges prevailing New Testament scholarship that has largely dismissed the democratic civic assembly--the ekkl sia--as an institution that retained real authority in the first century CE. Using an interdisciplinary approach, she examines a range of classical and early imperial sources to demonstrate that ekkl sia democracy continued to saturate the eastern Roman Empire, widely impacting debates over authority, gender, and speech. In the first letter to the Corinthians, she demonstrates that Paul's persuasive rhetoric is itself shaped and constrained by the democratic discourse he shares with his Corinthian audience. Miller argues that these first-century Corinthians understood their community as an authoritative democratic assembly in which leadership and qcitizenshipq cohered with the public speech and discernment open to each. This Corinthian identity illuminates struggles and debates throughout the letter, including those centered on leadership, community dynamics, and gender. Ultimately, Miller's study offers new insights into the tensions that inform Paul's letter. In turn, these insights have critical implications for the dialogue between early Judaism and Hellenism, the study of ancient politics and early Christianity, and the place of gender in ancient political discourse.qspecify the setting for a story or be clear as to their own (imaginary) context in making a speech. The exercise of narrative (diAgAma) provides the occasion for one appearance of the ekklAsia as Theon directs the student to be clear in describing not ... According to Theon, the thesis concerns a matter in doubt and aims to persuade (IIsIrIiI a¼IIa½p Ia½c IImaiIIpI¹), while the topos assumes a point of agreementanbsp;...
|Author||:||Anna C Miller|
|Publisher||:||Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2015-05-04|