1 Corinthians

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    1 Corinthians

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    1 Corinthians - World English Bible (WEB)

    This is an open source version of the bible based on the 1901 ASV (American Standard Version). This document may be freely distributed, there is no copyright on this translation.
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    Blue, Bradley B.

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    The House Church at Corinth and the Lord’s Supper: Famine, Food Supply, and the Present Distress

    "In the case of the meals at Corinth and the famine, it appears as though the Christians tolerated existing mores: in the case of a food shortage the appointment of a curator would hopefully lessen the discrepancy. Paul, however, seems dissatisfied with the existing scheme. The only way in which the Christians can become the body is to eat of one body, together, This meant sharing, particularly in the context of a Christian gathering, Love for one another must be manifest above all when a meal was shared, and the significance of the bread and cup must displace former conceptions which tolerated inequality and uneven distribution."
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    Evans, Craig A.

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    How Are the Apostles Judged? A Note on 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

    "Faced with a young, strife-ridden church that has become divided into several factions loyal to various apostolic figures (1 Cor 1:10-3:4) the apostle Paul explains the proper role of the apostle in accomplishing his God-given ministry (3:5-9) and affirms that the work of each apostle will be judged (3:10-15). To illustrate the relationship of the apostle to the church, Paul develops two metaphors, one agricultural (3:6-8) and the other architectural (3:10-15). Whereas both metaphors illustrate how the apostles contribute to each other's work, the second metaphor takes up the question of how this apostolic work is to be evaluated."
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    Farmer, William R.

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    Peter and Paul, and the Tradition Concerning "The Lord’s Supper" in 1 Cor 11:23-26

    "In order to understand the relationship between Peter and Paul, the importance of that relationship for our understanding the origin and significance of 1 Cor 11:23-26, we can begin by asking: 'By what authority does the Apostle to the Gentiles assure the Corinthian church that the tradition concerning the Lord's Supper he had received and had in turn passed on to them, originated with Jesus himself?' Paul would never have claimed that he was an eyewitness to what happened during the night in which Jesus was delivered up. Nor can we understand him to be claiming that this is a tradition that had been revealed to him bodily and verbally by revelation from the Christ. All the technical terminology used by Paul indicates that tradition like that concerning the resurrection appearances he later (15:3-7), has been handed on as a well formulated statement the conventional manner of the time."
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    Gaffin, Richard B.

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    "Life-Giving Spirit": Probing the Center of Paul's Penumatology

    "A survey treatment, in short compass, of so rich and multifaceted a topic as the Holy Spirit in Paul is bound to be superficial. A surely more promising alternative is to identify and reflect on those viewpoints in his teaching on the Spirit that are dominant and most decisive. My subtitle reflects certain convictions: (1) Paul had a theology, (2) this theology has a center, and (3) his teaching on the Spirit is tethered to that center/core. These sweeping—and for some, I recognize, debatable—assertions, along with related questions of method in doing Pauline theology, will largely have to be left in the background here. I limit myself to some brief comments."
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    Glenny, W. Edward

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    1 Corinthians 7:29-31 and the Teaching of Continence in the Acts of Paul and Thecla

    "This study purposes to present the meaning of 1 Cor 7:29-31 in its original literary context and then to contrast that meaning with its application in The Acts of Paul and Thecla. This contrast is the basis for a critique of Dennis Ronald MacDonald's theory that The Acts of Paul preserve aspects of Pauline teaching which should be considered on a level with the Pastoral Epistles; MacDonald implies that The Acts of Paul are closer to the primitive Pauline teaching on the role of women than the Pastorals are."
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    Harding, Mark

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    Church and Gentile Cults at Corinth

    "Paul finds himself needing to address a number of issues in 1 Corinthians in which the Gentile cultic heritage of many of the readers intrudes. The two most significant of these issues are the eating of meat offered to idols and believers' participation in temple banquets. Scholars have argued that Paul uses terminology of believers which echoes and perhaps imitates the cults and, consequently, that Paul saw believers engaged in a Christian cult. However, from an analysis of Paul's discussion of the matters in question in the letter, it is argued that the redemptive achievement of Christ in history, and the response of believers to that work as proclaimed in the gospel, repudiates cult as the model for that response."
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    Kent, Homer A.

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    A Fresh Look at Corinthians 15:34: An Appeal for Evangelism or a Call to Purity?

    "The church at Corinth was tolerating serious doctrinal aberrations which were causing moral and spiritual difficulties in the congregation. Paul’s challenge: 'Awake to righteousness. and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame,' was a call to sober thinking. It urged a return to holy conduct, and a recognition that the presence of wrong doctrine was a shameful condition which must be rectified."
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    Koester, Craig R.

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    Promise and Warning: The Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians

    "Paul's understanding of the Lord's Supper is dialectical. It encompasses both God’s yes to life and God’s no to sin, both the promise of salvation and the warning of judgment. Paul affirms the promise of salvation when he says that the Lord’s supper is a 'new covenant' in Jesus’ blood that brings 'communion' with the Lord and with other Christians (1 Cor 10:16-17; 11:25). Yet Paul also warns that those who eat and drink in an unworthy manner are answerable for the Lord’s body and blood, and he calls people to examine themselves since those who partake without discerning the body eat and drink judgment against themselves (11:27-29)."
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    Lanier, David E.

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    With Stammering Lips and Another Tongue: 1 Cor 14:20-22 and Isa 28:11-12

    "The relationship of Isa 28:11-12 to 1 Cor 14:20-22 in the writings of Paul has long been an interpretive stumbling block. The exact correlation of the historical setting of Isaiah’s passage to the conflict over tongues in Corinth is difficult to fathom, and Paul's conclusion exacerbates the matter...This paper will attempt a historical and exegetical analysis of 1 Cor 14:21 and Its companion verse in the OT to see if historical, linguistic, or interpretive factors can help solve the impasse."
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    Laughery, Gregory J.

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    Paul: Anti-Marriage? Anti-sex? Ascetic? A Dialogue with 1 Corinthians 7:1-40

    "This study will focus on an examination of the apostle Paul's attitude to sex, marriage, and celibacy in 1 Corinthians 7. Are we to view Paul as ascetic? Is Paul against marriage ( or sexual relations within it ) per se? Does this chapter affirm that the celibate life is morally or spiritually superior to the married life? Does Paul actually argue that it is evil for a man to have sex with a woman or for that matter to even touch one? Many interpreters from the patristic era to the modern would respond in the affirmative regarding such questions...As we move into the more contemporary era it is evident that there continue to be many interpreters who maintain comparable views to those of the early church...These interpretations of Paul in 1 Cor. 7, in our opinion, are not justified. We share essentially the same view of this chapter as Fee, Witherington, and other commentators, who argue that Paul is not an anti-sex, anti-marriage, ascetic. It is our contention that such a view can be strengthened and complemented through an examination of the situational context, the discourse cotext, and the structure of 1 Corinthians 7."
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    Plummer, Robert L.

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    Imitation of Paul and the Church's Missionary Role in 1 Corinthians

    "Did Paul want the churches he founded to engage in active missionary work? Though an affirmative response to this question has long been assumed by a majority of scholars, this traditional understanding has recently been seriously questioned. One point of contention in the debate is the meaning of Paul’s commands to imitate him. Did Paul in fact expect his readers to imitate him in evangelism? The present study will seek to answer this question by studying the imitation texts in Corinthians. The objective is to discover, according to Paul’s explicit indications, whether his commands to imitate him include an evangelistic component."
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    Reaume, John D.

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    Another Look at 1 Corinthians 15:29, "Baptized for the Dead"

    "First Corinthians 15:29 has puzzled many Bible students throughout church history. In this verse Paul wrote, 'Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?' More than two hundred interpretive solutions have been proposed, but only a few remain as legitimate possibilities...A re-examination of this text and possible interpretations will highlight the deficiency of...[the]...majority view and suggest other more plausible explanations. A survey of the most common positions will be followed by an examination of the verse and the various exegetical problems encountered in it. Then a summary of the most plausible explanations will be given."