Discussion #8: 1 Corinthians 8-11 through the Lens of Sacrifice Eating

In this podcast, Rebekah and Benj consider whether the apparent incoherence and inconsistency in 1 Corinthians 8-11 can be resolved when the passage is viewed through the lens of the practice of eating sacrifices in the ancient world.

In the process, we may have established a new line of ideological biblical criticism: “thusiaphagological criticism,” which is viewing everything through the lens of sacrifice eating.

As discussed in the show, this exchange between Troy Martin and Mark Goodacre in JBL may add some clarity to the puzzling commands in 1 Corinthians 11 (see PDFs at the end of this post).

Troy W. Martin, “Paul’s Argument from Nature for the Veil in 1 Corinthians 11:13–15: A Testicle instead of a Head Covering,” JBL 123 (2004): 75-84.
Mark Goodacre, “Does περιβόλαιον Mean ‘Testicle’ in 1 Corinthians 11:15?” JBL 130 (2011): 391-96. Troy W. Martin, “Περιβόλαιον as “Testicle” in 1 Corinthians 11:15: A Response to Mark Goodacre,” JBL 132 (2013): 453-465.

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j2011 Goodacre Does περιβόλαιον Mean Testicle”in 1 Corinthians 11_15.pdf

j2013 Martin Περιβόλαιον as Testicle – A Response to Mark Goodacre.pdf

j2004 Martin Paul’s Argument from Nature.pdf


Discussion #7: The Book of Numbers in 1 Corinthians, Eating, the Eucharist, and Sexuality

Here’s the second half of our May 4 discussion, which focuses on the use of the book of Numbers in 1 Corinthians 10, and the relationship of sacrificial eating to the Eucharist and sexuality. The first half (here) addresses Numbers 5, Deuteronomy 22, and the tests for marital infidelity in the Pentateuch.

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