Volume 3

Volume 3

Articles and Explorations

The Metaphor of Leaven in 1 Corinthians 5

Esther G. Cen |

This article uses a combination of metaphorical analytic methods (particularly blending theory) and the sociolinguistic notion of intertextuality to demonstrate that Paul uses not only Hebrew Scriptures and Second Temple Literature allusions but also shared knowledge based on physical experience and cultural contexts to persuade the Corinthian church of the harmful effects of tolerating moral impurity within the community and the necessity of removing it (1 Cor 5).