Two Reviews of Recent Books on 1 and 2 Corinthians

The Review of Biblical Literature has recently posted two reviews of books published in 2013 related to 1 and 2 Corinthians.

The first review by Matthew Malcolm of Cryptotheology, reviews Yung Suk Kim (ed.), 1 and 2 Corinthians: Texts @ Contexts, Minneapolis 2013: Fortress Press.

The Fortress Press page describes the book this way: “The Texts @ Contexts series gathers scholarly voices from diverse contexts and social locations to bring new or unfamiliar facets of biblical texts to light. In 1 and 2 Corinthians, scholars from a variety of cultural and social locations shed new light on themes and dynamics in Paul’s most intriguing letters to a complex church. Subjects include race, identity, and privilege; ritual, food, and power; community, culture, and love. These essays de-center the often homogeneous first-world orientation of much biblical scholarship and open up new possibilities for discovery.”

The second review, by S. Aaron Son, examines Yulin Liu’s Temple Purity in 1-2 Corinthians, Tübingen 2013: Mohr Siebeck.

Temple Purity in 1-2 Corinthians

The book description from Mohr Siebeck: “Paul’s view of the church as the temple and his concern about its purity in 1-2 Corinthians has traditionally been interpreted from the perspective of a Jewish background. However, Yulin Liu reveals that the pagans were very aware of temple purity when visiting some temples in the Greco-Roman world, and the purification concerns of three pagan temples in Corinth are documented in his work. The author affirms that the Gentile believers among the Corinthian community were able to grasp Paul’s message because of it. Also, Liu investigates Paul’s use of temple purity to address the necessity of unity, holiness and faithfulness of the Corinthian Christians in an eschatological sense. Moral and faithful purity needed to be practiced and maintained by the community so that the community could be sanctified as the dwelling place of God. The separation of God’s people from profane matters actually points to a new exodus and a progressive consummation of the construction of the eschatological temple-community.”

Portal to the Past: A Digital Resource

The Canadian Institute in Greece recently announced a new digital tool called “Portal to the Past: Digital Archive of Archaeological Projects and Research.” According to the press release posted on the Canadian Institute website,

“The user will find detailed information pertaining to all 18 field projects that have been undertaken during the CIG’s history. These projects cover Greece from north to south, east to west and span from the 9th millennium BCE to the 20th century CE. However, within the framework of each project the visitor will also find a wealth of information including details about each project, directors, publications, excavated material, photographs, and much more. A scan of the various “about” pages at the Portal will explain the purposes of each of the main areas of the site, although the most interesting way to see what’s there is to just start clicking!”


The portal website also notes about the project:

A generous grant from Thracean Gold Mining, S.A., a subsidiary of the Eldorado Gold Corporation (Vancouver), has enabled the Institute to undertake the creation of an interactive website, “Portal to the Past” (or Portal) that highlights the archaeological work of the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG) since 1980. TheAmbassador of Canada to the Hellenic Republic, Robert W. Peck, was instrumental in creating this opportunity for CIG. This new website is designed to provide a wide audience in Canada and beyond with access to the fieldwork, the finds and the results of the archaeological and scientific research carried out under the auspices of the Canadian Institute in Greece with permits from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Cultural organizations around the world for the past decade or so have created similar online portals to make their collections accessible to the public.… In making this available online, both the projects and the Institute will receive a broader recognition of the significant work that they have carried out in the past four decades throughout Greece in elucidating the rich cultural heritage of the country. These discoveries span from the Mesolithic period (ca 9th millennium BCE) to the 20th century CE. One can search each component for specific information.

A clickable map shows site and projects, which link to metadata related to the archaeological work: directors, project team, permit type, funding source, project description, and, usefully, project website, and bibliography.


Archaeological projects and sites from the southern Corinthia include the Stymphalos Project, Cistercian Monastery of Zaraka Excavation, Ayia Sotira Cemetery Excavation, and the Underwater Survey of Kalamianos Harbor in the southeast Corinthia.

Corinthian Scholarship Monthly (November 2013)

Your latest round of new Corinthian scholarship published or posted online in the last month – just in time for the holiday season. Feel free to reply to this post if you have something to add. If you are interested and qualified to review any of the following, contact me at

For comprehensive bibliography related to the Corinthia, see this page and visit the Corinthia Library at Zotero.




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