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Description - Enemies of the Cross of Christ by Demetrius Williams

Employing classical rhetorical analysis, this book examines how Paul structures a deliberative argument using his understanding of the "cross of Christ". His goals are to guide/advise the Philippian community through internal and external strife (chapter 2), combat his opponents (chapter 3) and develop his notion of the eschatological community (3:18-21). Williams proposes that while Paul has a "theology of the death of Jesus", of which cross terminology is one of several aspects, this terminology is used almost exclusively in polemical/conflictual contexts. Hence Paul appears to be using "cross of Christ" not so much as a doctrine but rather as a rhetorical tool, in a context of conflict and strife, to support his understanding of eschatology, apostolic service, the nature of Christian existence and community among the saints.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826460523
ISBN-10: 0826460526
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 298
Imprint: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Demetrius Williams

Demetrius Williams is Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies. Tulane University, New Orieans, Louisiana, USA.