1 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries) by Richard A. Horsley

By Richard A. Horsley

This observation highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably assorted non secular viewpoints represented by way of Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. particularly, Richard Horsley indicates that this letter offers a window in which one could view the strain among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's predicament for increase a social-religious neighborhood dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing solidarity.

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And Gentiles" (v. 23) being somewhat more ecumenical. "Jews demand signs" is probably a reference to scriptural tradition in which God was portrayed delivering the people with signs and wonders. "Wisdom" (sophia) or philosophy was characteristically a personal quest of well-off people of the Greek cultural heritage in cities of the eastern Roman Empire. Christ's crucifixion and its proclamation would indeed have been foolishness to the dominant culture in its understanding of wisdom and power.

In 1:24 Paul virtually identifies "the sophia of God" with the crucified Christ, and in 2:7-8 he speaks of Christ's crucifixion as the key event in God's plan for the fulfillment of history. Thus "the sophia of God" in 1:21a must allude to God's plan for fulfillment through Christ. Events of world-historical significance are happening: Some people are being destroyed, others are being saved. In the more distant past, God announced his intention through an oracle of the prophet Isaiah that he would destroy the wisdom of the wise (1:19).

Here, as throughout the letter, Paul addresses the assembly as a whole, even though it is divided. He never dignifies or blames any particular faction by naming specific people. The opening thanksgiving sets a tone for the whole letter by focusing on Christ, and especially on the full "revealing" of Christ as the world ruler on the day of his return. "As you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ" (v. 7b) and the parallel relative clause (v. " This is the typically Pauline orientation toward the imminent completion of the final events of history now underway (cf.

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