By and large , noted scholars in the field of Greco - Roman education and
rhetoric take this position . ... The Relevance of Higher Literature for the
Understanding of the Earliest Christian Writings , ” Novum Testamentum 30 (
1988 ) : 212 – 30 .
Author: Rollin A. Ramsaran
Publisher: Burns & Oates
All cultures and all religious movements have their own traditional sayings, and most have a collection of religious maxims as well. This book shows how maxim usage is valuable in determining by whom, for whom, and how maxims are used to provide internal ordering, stability, and a general staple of teaching material for religious movements. In particular, readers are invited to consider the full and proper context that stands behind the social interaction of Paul and the believing community in Corinth. The author argues that this context is incomplete without a recognition of the rhetorical conventions of maxim usage in Paul's world. Understanding Paul's use of maxim argumentation as, in part, a response to the maxim argumentation of some Corinthians opens a window on 1 Corinthians 1-10 that has not been previously explored.