In this precis of the most significant contributions on the topic of Paul's cultic metaphors, our scope will be limited (wherever possible) by giving attention to the most influential treatments, but special interest will be directed towards those studies focused on non-atonement metaphors and those that concentrate solely on Paul's letters. Finally, we will try to narrow the field of discussion further by attending specifically to what theological conclusions are made.
Gupta, Nijay K., "The Theology of Paul's Cultic Metaphors: A History of Research (Chapter One of Worship that Makes Sense to Paul)" (2010). Faculty Publications - Portland Seminary. 102.