By Richard Horsley
This observation highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably varied non secular viewpoints represented through Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. particularly, Richard Horsley indicates that this letter presents a window in which one may well view the strain among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's obstacle for build up a social-religious neighborhood dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing unity.
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Paul is suggesting here that the eloquence and knowledge with which the Corinthians are enriched is the evidence that confirms the testimony of the gospel of Christ presented to them. DIVISIVENESS AND UNITY ( 1 : 1 0 ^ : 2 1 ) Three or four closely interrelated oppositions stand out in this section: the divisions Paul sees among the Corinthians versus the unity he would like to see established (1:10-11; 3:1-3); their boasting in their favorite "guru" versus his concern for the cohesion of the community under its common Lord (1:12, 31; 3:4, 5-17,21-23; 4:1-7); their attachment to wisdom (sophia) versus his gospel of the crucified Christ (1:17,18-25; 2:1-5, 6-9; 3:18-20); and their excitement over the exalted spiritual status that seems closely related to their possession of wisdom (sophia) versus the low social status of the members and leaders of the movement (1:26-29; 2:3, 6, 14-16; 42 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-17 4:8-13).
1 Cor 8:1). Second Step in Paul's Argument for Unity ( 1 : 1 8 - 2 : 5 ) Here a quotation from Isaiah followed by numerous plays on the word "wisdom," which include its demotion to mere "wisdom of the world," establishes a sharp opposition between wisdom (sophia) and God's power manifested in the crucified Christ (1:18-20). With multiple plays on the principal terms he is using, Paul illustrates how God's "foolishness," which is "wiser than human wisdom," and God's "weakness," which is "stronger than human strength" worked through the low status Corinthians to shame the pretentious wise and powerful aristocracy who dominate the world (1:25-31).
Moreover, at some key points the net effect of his arguments for consideration of others in personal behavior is to reinforce the very patriarchal and authoritarian social relationships that the alternative society he was building was ostensibly attempting to transform. 38 COMMENTARY SALUTATION AND THANKSGIVING ( 1 : 1 - 9 ) ike most Greco-Roman letters, Paul's letters usually begin with a threefold salutation followed by an opening thanks^L-/giving. In the salutation the writers identify themselves, then name the addressees and offer greetings.
Abingdon New Testament Commentary -1st Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries) by Richard Horsley