Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Corinth and Corinthians between Greece and Rome.
Becoming all things: Paul and the rhetoric of ethic malleability.
Marketplaces, merchant ships, and festivals: negotiating identities in Corinth.
Speech, flattery, and the negotiation of identity for "some" Corinthians.
Pt. 2 Corinth and Corinithians between past and present.
Walking in the wilderness: Israelite ancestors in the Corinthian correspondence.
"In the city of Peirene": claiming, erasing, and challenging the past in Corinth.
Usable pasts in the Corinthian wilderness: spirits, specters, and negotiations of identity at the crossroads.
Conclusing: haunted futures. Cavan W. Concannon 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, this book 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 a unique opportunity to assess anew, and imagine possibilities beyond, Paul's complicated legacy in shaping western notions of race, ethnicity and religion..
Review: "An important and timely contribution, this book invites Paul and his talk of malleable and fixed ethnicity to linger among the archaeological and literary remains of Roman Corinth so that readers might conjure some of the ghostly Corinthians who shaped, misheard, and talked back to Paul in the context of a lively Corinthian assembly."--Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Drew Theological School--Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre