Shame in Paul’s Letters

I have really enjoyed reading Robert Jewett’s book, ‘Saint Paul Returns to the Movies, Triumph Over Shame’.[1] In this book he takes passages from Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians and places them in dialogue with a movie. In each case the main themes are based around honour and shame. For example, he places 1 Corinthians 11:17-18, 20-26, 33-34, where the poor in Corinth are being shamed by the wealthy in their love feasts, alongside ‘Babette’s Feast’; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, where Paul is arguing that love, agape, transcends the honour system alongside ‘Forrest Gump’; 1 Corinthians 14:24-25, where the shameful secrets of a visitors heart can be exposed by the prophetic word, alongside the ‘Prince of Tides’; 2 Corinthians 3:1-3, where Paul  suggests that written letters confirming status and honour need to be set aside in favour of letters written on the Corinthians hearts, along side ‘Mr Holland’s Opus’. Nothing would delight me more than to spend time covering each of these passages and the others in Jewett’s book, but one example will have to suffice (see the next post). 

[1] Robert Jewett; “Saint Paul Returns to the Movies: Triumph Over Shame;” Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1999.

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