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"When You Were Gentiles": Specters of Ethnicity in Roman Corinth and Paul's Corinthian Correspondence

Cavan W. Concannon


This book makes a significant contribution to Pauline studies by imagining the responses of the Corinthians to Paul’s letters. Based on surviving written materials and archaeological research, it offers a textured portrait of the ancient Corinthians with whom Paul conversed, argued, debated, and partnered, focusing on issues of ethnicity, civic identity, politics, and empire. In doing so, the author provides readers an opportunity to assess anew, and imagine possibilities beyond, Paul’s complicated legacy in shaping Western notions of race, ethnicity, and religion.

Keywords: Pauline studies, Corinthians, Paul’s letters, ethnicity, civic identity, politics, empire, race, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300197938
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cavan W. Concannon, author