The Ritual World of Paul the Apostle Hardback

Metaphysics, Community and Symbol in 1 Corinthians 11. 17-34

by Michael Lakey;

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The Ritual World of Paul the Apostle

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Lakey explores the theological significance of the rituals of Baptism and the Lord's supper in Pauline theology, with particular attention upon the discussion of the Lord's supper in 1 Corinthians 11:17ff. When they occur, explorations of ritual in Paul tend to operate according to a 'social world' form of comparison with ritual in other communities in antiquity. By contrast, this study focuses primarily upon the function these rituals perform in relation to Paul's theology and ethics. The primary analytical lenses are taken from social scientific studies of ritual, and in particular from Clifford Geertz's analysis of symbols.Lakey builds upon Geertz's insight by showing how, for Paul, Baptism and the Lord's Supper facilitate specific connections between his metaphysics on the one hand, and the form or pattern of life he enjoins upon his churches on the other. The investigation considers what, given his theological and ethical premises, Paul's underlying beliefs regarding these ritual events may have been, thereby setting the scene for a preliminary discussion of specific lines of post-interpretation in the early Patristic period.

The Ritual World of Paul the Apostle by Michael Lakey was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in May 2016. The ISBN for The Ritual World of Paul the Apostle is 9780567120342.

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Page last updated 25th July 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 2016)
Number of Pages224
Product Code4356541
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