Articles listing from Tribute to Bruce Winter now available

I have just uploaded the details of the articles (not the article themselves) from the 2004 Tribute to Bruce Winter:

P.J. Williams, Andrew D. Clarke, Peter M. Head & David Instone-Brewer, eds., The New Testament in Its First Century Setting. Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B.W. Winter on His 65th Birthday. Grand Rapids / Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2004. Hbk. ISBN: 0802828345. pp.335.

One that caught my eye that the contribution by Conrad Gempf.

“Before Paul Arrived in Corinth: The Mission Strategies in 1 Corinthians 2:2 and Acts 17” (pp.126-142)

The article responds to the suggestion made by William Ramsay in 1895 that Paul changed his mission strategy after his “failure” to win large numbers of converts in Athens. The argument goes that he renounced the use of intellectual arguments and resolved to preach only the message of the cross when he arrived in Corinth. There have been relatively few responses to this argument, the most significant being that of Ned Stonehouse in 1949.

It is good to see this old chestnut – so often used as an argument for an anti-intellectual approach to the Gospel – laid to rest. The difference in the two evangelistic techniques should be seen not as a change of strategy, but as examples of Paul’s flexibility in dealing with varied cultural contexts. Well worth a read.

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  1. A good question. I had listed the articles on the relevant pages on my site, but as I had the TOC typed out already I have now posted it here. I think I’ll continue to do this in future for other books I’m cataloguing.

    Thanks again Mark.

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