“In 1 Cor, we find Paul calling his readers and hearers to a conversion of the imagination.

He was calling Gentiles to understand their identity anew in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ – a gospel message comprehensible only in relation to the larger narrative of God’s dealing with Israel. . . . Paul was not promulgating a linear [salvation history] in which Gentiles were simply absorbed into a Torah-observant Jewish Christianity. Rather, the ‘Israel’ into which Paul’s Corinthian converts were embraced was an Israel whose story had been hermeneutically reconfigured by the cross and resurrection. The result was that Jew and Gentile alike found themselves summoned by the gospel story to a sweeping re-evaluation of their identities, an imaginative paradigm shift so comprehensive that it can only be described as a ‘conversion of the imagination’. Such a thoroughgoing conversion could be fostered and sustained only by a continuous process of bringing the community’s beliefs and practices into critical confrontation with the gospel story.” (Richard B. Hays, “The Conversion of the Imagination”)

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