1 Corinthians 4

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Castelli articulates significant questions for how to understand Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:14-21. While certain commentators dismiss her critiques as strictly modern and without valid basis, she does highlight a reading of this passage which is textually valid particularly with how mimesis functioned in the broader Greco-Roman culture. Moreover, despite what Paul’s intention was it does not change the fact that he is often used to reinforce social hierarchy and squash dissent. Castelli provides a valuable counter-balance to those usages. However, it is the centrality of the cross underlying Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 4 which can liberate readers from Castelli’s critical interpretation. By focusing on the cross and the life of discipleship

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