Paul and Conflict Resolution
An Exegetical Study of Paul's Apostolic Paradigm in 1 Corinthians 9
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"The author does two things very ably in this stimulating book: reconstructing the issues confronting Paul in 1 Corinthians 9 and recontextualising them for the church in Indonesia."
--Kim Huat, Trinity Theological College, Singapore
"This volume presents a convincing and well-researched exegesis of 1 Corinthians, especially of chapter 9, and engages constructively with a range of scholarly literature on this chapter. The author successfully applies this exegesis to contextual issues that have practical relevance today. In particular he examines Paul's pastoral strategy for replacing confrontation by patient argument that shows respect for both sides, and seeks to reconcile them with pastoral sensitivity by entering into the world of each party. I entirely agree with the author that chapter 9 must be regarded as an integral part of chapters 8-10 and indeed of the argument of the whole epistle. I warmly recommend this volume as a useful contribution to the study of 1 Corinthians and its relevance to important issues today."
--Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham and University College, Chester
"Robinson Butarbutar has written a very thorough study of 1 Corinthians 9 in its historical and literary context. After a comprehensive survey of previous scholarship he makes an original proposal concerning the interpretive context of this important chapter. On this basis he undertakes detailed exegesis, from which he progresses to a consideration of some implications for the understanding of Paul's apostolic ministry. He concludes with a case study of the 1990s leadership crisis in the largest Christian denomination in Southeast Asia (HKBP), showing the relevance of 1 Corinthians 9 to resolving disputes both past and present. Both students and scholars will welcome this exegetical and contextual study."
--David L. Baker, Tyndale House, Cambridge