Recently, my review of Paul J. Brown’s Bodily Resurrection and Ethics in 1 Cor 15 appeared in the Review of Biblical Literature, here.
Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:
Description: New Testament scholars have long recognized a relationship between the future resurrection and ethics. Paul J. Brown contributes to this ongoing discussion by tracing Paul’s logic for connecting the moral imperatives in 1 Cor 15 to the bodily resurrection. The author examines the afterlife belief system of the resurrection-deniers and proposes that their eschatology was informed by Greco-Roman mythology. This enabled the Corinthians to embrace the bodily resurrection of Jesus as a hero and reject the prospect of their own. Brown suggests that Paul strategically leveraged their Greco-Roman thinking in his discussion of the resurrection to argue that their in-Christ status made them partakers of the Messiah’s beatific afterlife, and that the Greco-Roman practice of patron emulation should motivate them to live in imitation of the heavenly man.
And here’s a snippet from my review:
To my mind, the key contribution of this work is the demonstration of a cultural milieu in which the nature, behavior, and afterlife of heroes might provide a model for the sort of viewpoints and behaviors evident in 1 Cor 15. Brown’s argument that this milieu helps explain how some in Corinth could uphold the resurrection of Christ while denying the resurrection of the dead seems to me to be persuasive and helpful, even if it is presented as overly certain or sufficient at points. This alone counts the book as a worthy contribution to the study of this key chapter in 1 Corinthians.