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Looking At The Metaphor Of Christ’S Body In 1 Corinthians 12

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In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul draws an analogy between the members of a physical body and the church, which also has many members, but nevertheless constitutes the single Body of Christ. Mitchell draws attention to parallels in ancient political writings and concludes that, in 1 Corinthians 12, Paul reworks a common political metaphor and applies it to the church in Corinth. This chapter explores by means of an attempt to reflect critically and imaginatively on the details of the second part of Pauls metaphor, where he refers to the weaker parts of the body being indispensable, the less honourable parts being treated with more honour and the unpresentable parts being treated with greater modesty. It represents an endeavour to take seriously the ancient Jewish and Graeco-Roman setting of the metaphor of the Body of Christ in 1 Cor 12:2225.

Keywords: 1 Corinthians 12; Body of Christ; Jewish; metaphor; Paul

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