With keen sensitivity, Marion L. Soards helps readers span the gap between one of the earliest Christian communities--with its concerns over Wisdom, in-groups and out-groups, manifestations of the Holy Spirit, Christian behavior, and the resurrection of Christ--and the Christian of today. He presents Paul's apocalyptic=eschatological outlook as perhaps a key to unlocking some of the more knotty passages in 1 Corinthians and helps readers realize the nature of that radical theological worldview.
The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series helps readers navigate the strange and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible. These accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. Pastors, teachers, and lay people alike will cherish the truth found in this commentary series.
Marion L. Soards is professor of New Testament studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is active in a number of scholarly societies and associations, has published dozens of articles and reviews in leading theological dictionaries and professional journals worldwide, and is the author of more than twenty books.