Another review of my monograph Paul and the Rhetoric of Reversal in 1 Corinthians has come out in Bulletin for Biblical Research, by James Sweeney. He surveys the content of the book and offers some evaluative comments. He regards the issue of 1 Corinthians’ structure as one with which readers must wrestle, and he still finds most plausible an overarching movement from oral-reports to letter-responses. Nevertheless, he takes my contribution as worthy of engagement. He kindly says:
Malcolm’s study is a welcome contribution to the study of Paul more generally, and of 1 Corinthians in particular. Scholars and students will be challenged by it to think afresh about the role that Paul’s kerygma played in informing his macro-rhetorical epistolary arrangement and ethical formulation. In contrast to the widespread contemporary focus on Paul’s use of Greco-Roman communicative devices and/or Jewish conceptual motifs, Malcolm contends that both are subservient to his kerygma. Malcolm also reminds readers of the importance of bringing a pastoral-theological perspective to bear on 1 Corinthians (and other Pauline letters) in conjunction with the detailed sociohistorical work that has been done on it (them).