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Paul's Critique of Theocracy offers an interpretation of select texts in Corinthians and Galatians concerned with the establishment of legitimate authority in the Christian community. Odell-Scott argues that for Paul, no one may boast that they are selected by God, and no one has the authority to rule as God's representative. Paul also criticizes those who exhibit a superior "sacredness" over other community members. Contrary to most scholarly views, Odell-Scott argues that Paul is not taking sides in a debate about the proper authority structure. Rather, he criticizes any notion of such a structure, opposing it with his metaphor of the Church as the body of Christ and the "sacred family" of God. The exegesis is also sketched out in a postmodern framework criticizing hierarchy through differentiation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826469663
ISBN-10: 0826469663
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 198
Imprint: Sheffield Academic Press
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - David Odell-Scott

David Odell-Scott is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Coordinator of Religion Studies at Kent State University, Ohio.

Books By Author David Odell-Scott

Paul's Critique of Theocracy by David Odell-Scott

Paul's Critique of Theocracy

Paperback / softback, March 2009