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Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles


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Abbreviations; Part I. Prolegomena: 1. Introduction, previous solutions, method and Pauline context; Part II. The Graeco-Roman Belly: 2. The belly as a sign - ancient physiognomics; 3. The belly in ancient moral philosophy; 4. Ancient critique of Epicureanism; 5. Banquets - opportunities for the belly; Part III. The Appropriated Belly: 6. The belly-topos in Jewish-Hellenistic sources; 7. The belly in Philo's writings; Part IV. Belly-Worship and Body According to Paul: 8. The lifestyle of citizens of the heavenly Politeuma - Phil 3:17-21; 9. 'Serving the belly' as kinship with Satan - Rom 16:17-20; 10. The Corinthian belly; Part V. The Earliest Expositors of Paul: 11. The belly-dicta of Paul in Patristic literature; Part VI. Conclusions: 12. Concluding remarks; Bibliography; Indices.

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An exploration of the 'belly' motif offering a new insight into the writings of St Paul.

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Karl Olav Sandnes is Professor in New Testament Theology at The Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology, Oslo.


'I have no hesitation in recommending Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles and besides those curious about the belly-topos in Paul, it will also appeal to those interested in the role of the body in antiquity, and Paul's body theology.' Neotestamentica '... a volume filled with thoughtful proposals ...'. Biblica '... a thoroughly engaging study ... Sandnes' work makes two major contributions ... this is a solid book with a number of strengths ... the work is creative, thorough, and based on primary texts ... one gains the impression of a skilled scholar having a good time learning all he can that may shed light on the subject. This book will be required reading for any serious studies of Paul's perspective on the human body and its relation to his theological and moral reflection.' Reviews in Religion and Theology

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