Here’s an attempt at a brief summary:
I argue that 1 Corinthians is a unified composition that exhibits flexible kerygmatic rhetoric. I demonstrate that the Jewish motif of dual reversal, whereby boastful rulers are destined for destruction while righteous sufferers are destined for vindication, serves as an influential conceptual motif in the formulation of Christian kerygma, and may be seen as an interpretative framework and rhetorical resource available to Paul and Sosthenes.
In 1 Corinthians 1-4 Paul evaluates struggles over leadership in the Corinthian congregation as an implicit expression of human autonomy, and responds by summoning the Corinthians to identify with Christ, by forgoing the role of the boastful ruler and adopting the role of the cruciform sufferer. This identification with the cruciform Christ consequently gives shape to Paul’s ethical instruction in 1 Corinthians 5-14. In the final chapter of the main body of the letter (1 Corinthians 15), Paul utilises the Corinthian denial of “the resurrection of the dead” as the ultimate paradigm of their refusal to adopt a cruciform orientation, and urges that the dead in Christ will be raised to immortal glory, while present powers will be brought to nothing.
I suggest that this attention to the conceptual imagery of Paul’s Hebrew background represents an important addition to the tools of the Pauline rhetorical analyst, resulting in an historically attentive and exegetically persuasive account of the letter’s arrangement.