Discussion Questions and Key Terms
Introduction: The Price of Unity
2. How is a different reading of this metaphor possible or legitimate?
3. In today’s personal or public experiences in this world, does the use of this metaphor (body of Christ) raise any concerns?
Chapter 1: Community as “Body”
2. Can you name examples of each approach in today’s life experience (church, school, society and the world) to the conception of community?
3. What are some hidden ideologies at work at the level of interpreters?
4. Is it possible to have an alternative vision of community than the mentioned other approaches?
Chapter 2: Community as the “Body of Christ”
2. What pros and cons can you find in each approach?
3. Can you name some examples of each approach in today’s life experience?
4. What is an alternative approach or understanding about the body of Christ? How can you
Chapter 3: Community “in Christ”
2. How does “in Christ” have to do with Paul’s rhetoric that he uses to address the Corinthian problems?
3. Can you find the Greco-Roman parallels to which Paul’s cynical language of “in Christ” might refer (1 Cor 4:10)?
4. Is the modal relation of “dying with Christ” consistent in Paul’s theology or in his letters in general?
Chapter 4: The Body Politic and the Body of Christ
democratic-inclusive body politic? Point out ideologies (philosophy) that support each body politic.
2. Which side of the body politic do you think Paul takes? Why?
3. What do you think is the central cause of the Corinthian problems mentioned in the letter? (divisions, sexual immorality, eating meat sacrifice to idols, etc).
4. Paul does not claim his rights as an apostle (benefits such as financial support). Does this rejection of financial support reflect his protest to the social system of patron-client in the Greco-Roman world?
Chapter 5: The Life of the “Body of Christ” in First Corinthians
2. Compare and contrast various genitive cases applied to the body of Christ? Namely, between 1) the objective genitive (a body belonging to Christ as an organism metaphor), 2) the subjective genitive (Christ’s own body as physical), 3) the attributive genitive (Christlike or Christic body).
3. Do inverted parallelisms in the analysis of the whole letter work in supporting the argument of the chapter and thesis of the whole book?
4. How can you account for the possible transformative relationship, if any, between the metaphor of the body of Christ, Paul and the Corinthian community?
5. What do you think about the difference between Paul's use of the metaphor of "the body of Christ" in 1 Corinthians and the later use by the authors of the so called Deutero-Pauline letters such as Ephesians and Colossians?
Chapter 6: Practicing the Diversity of Christ’s Body
2. How is different, if any, between the notion of differences and of diversity?
3. Is it possible to have a phrase like “critical diversity”? If possible, how can we get there?
Christ's Body in Corinth:
The Politics of a Metaphor