“Remain in Your Calling”
Paul and the Continuation of Social Identities in 1 Corinthians
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"In this in-depth study of the formation of social identities, Tucker steps carefully but with an easy confidence through the maze of theoretical approaches. His assessment of differing stances is astute, well informed, and fair. In conversation with a vast array of literature, and in careful negotiation with the text of the New Testament, he offers a fascinating introduction to Paul's approach to the formation of social identities that is unlikely soon to be surpassed."
--William S. Campbell
Reader in Biblical Studies
University of Wales, Trinity St. David
"J. Brian Tucker has produced an impressive study in one of the most important and exiting areas of Pauline scholarship: the construction of Christian identity. Tucker's suggestion that Paul transforms, rather than creates, existing social identities without obliterating the original ones is highly convincing and moves the discussion significantly forward. This is an indispensable work for scholars of early Christianity and foundational for students of the formation of the early Christ movement."
Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
Remain in Your Calling is an important contribution to Pauline studies, and Tucker's conclusions are especially relevant for Messianic Judaism. His research confirms much of the work being done by Messianic Jewish scholars like David Rudolph and Mark Kinzer, while
shedding important new light on the critical area of Jewish-Gentile relations in the early church. As Messianic Jews and Hebrew Roots proponents continue to debate the role of Jew and Gentile within the body of Messiah, they would do well to take Tucker's work into consideration.
-- Jacob Fronczaak, as reviewed in Messiah Journal