In a 3-4 page typed double-spaced paper, discuss the relevance of 1st c. views of honor and shame for understanding either Galatians 2:1-14 or 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. What is Paul's response to the challenge made to the honor of a member of the Christian community and/or to the Christian community aas a whole?
Questions for small groups:
1. What precisely is the challenge to the Christian community or individual's honor?
2. Who challenges the honor?
3. Whose honor is challenge? The Christian community's as a whole? Particular individuals'? Paul's? non-Christians'? Women? Men? people from Jewish or Gentile ethnic background?
4. What terms in the text refer to honor and shame - nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.?
5. Is the honor at stake acquired or attributed?
6. Are the particualr Christian communities' (Corinthians or Galatians) standards of honor and shame the same or different from their non-Christian society? form Paul's standards?
7. Does Paul afffirm, subvert, or transform non-Christian standards of honor, shame?
8. Does an interest in converting non-Christians to Christianity influence these Christian communities' attitudes toward the non-Christian society's standards of honor and shame?