Holiness and Community in 2 Cor 6:14–7:1
Paul's View of Communal Holiness in the Corinthian Correspondence
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.50 in
- Published: February 2011
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J. Ayodeji Adewuya PhD (University of Manchester), pastor and former missionary in the Philippines, is Professor of New Testament at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee. He is also the author of Transformed by Grace: Paul's View of Holiness in Romans 6-8, and A Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians.
"Many studies of holiness from within the holiness movement in the Christian church tend to view the topic in terms of relationship of individual believers to God and their growth toward personal perfection. J. Ayodeji Adewuya rightly recognizes that there is also a call to the church to be holy, as befits its status as the people of God, and in this book he develops this theme on the basis of a careful exegetical study of 2 Cor 6:14--7:1. This book is significant not only for its firm academic grounding of its thesis but also for its relevance to the life of Christian congregations as they seek to become all that God intends them to be."
-- I. Howard Marshall, Honorary Research Professor of
New Testament, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
"Scholars have long debated whether 2 Cor 6:14--7:1 actually fits either in the context of 2 Corinthians or within the larger Pauline corpus. Dr. Adewuya ably demonstrates that this passage fits well both in its literary context and within the larger Pauline theological context as an expression of Paul's theology of holiness. This serves as a welcome corrective to those who have assumed that Paul had little to say about personal holiness. I highly recommend this book."
-- Ben Witherington, III, Professor of New Testament
Asbury Theological Seminary, Lexington Kentucky
"Dr. Adewuya's reading of this notoriously difficult passage in Paul's 2nd Corinthians has been informed quite positively by his unique blending of African communal experiences and traditions with his thorough education in the historical methods of Euro-American exegesis. The result is the most illuminating and convincing contextualizing of this perplexing passage known to me. I urge all who seek to grasp more closely Paul's assumptions, strategies, and goals in his letters to the Corinthians to examine the treasures in this book with great care."
-- S. Scott Bartchy, Professor of Christian Origins
and History of Religion, University of California,