1 Corinthians 1–4
Reconstructing Its Social and Rhetorical Situation and Re-Reading It Cross-Culturally for Korean-Confucian Christians Today
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"In this project, of truly breathtaking scope, Oh-Young Kwon brings together into mutually illuminating conversation the world of 1st century Corinth as addressed by Paul and contemporary Korean Confucian culture. As such it is a work of remarkable hermeneutical interest as well as a substantial contribution to the study of 1 Corinthians."
--Brendan Byrne, SJ
Jesuit Theological College, Victoria, Australia
"Lucid, attentively researched, and carefully argued, Oh-Young Kwon's socio-rhetorical interpretation of 1 Corinthians 1-4 for Korean Confucian Christians is contextual biblical scholarship most apt for today. With a focus on the social manifestations of wisdom among the early Corinthian Christians, this book enacts an important cross-cultural conversation that has implications beyond the Korean Confucian Christian context its author addresses. What a pleasure to read such work!"
Monash University, Victoria, Australia
"The value of intercultural exegesis is that many of our unacknowledged assumptions are brought to the surface in the unexpected twists and turns of the inevitable hermeneutical crosscurrents. This book is no exception. Oh-Young Kwon engages the wisdom traditions of his Confucian heritage, the rhetorical influence of Cicero, and the respective 'boasting' of Paul and his Corinthian opponents, and uncovers more than a little 'true wisdom' about such issues as ethnic purity, ancestor veneration, and idol meat."
Whitley College, Melbourne, Australia