1 Corinthians 15-16

The Epistle of 1 Corinthians is composed primarily of Paul’s specific concerns for the church there (chs 1-6)—based upon what he heard from a delegation of Chloe’s household (1.11)—and his reply to their specific questions (chs 7-15).  Their final inquiry concerned the resurrection of the dead; they were coming under … Continue reading

1 Corinthians 7:1-11:1

The first Epistle to Corinth is composed of at least two sections.  In the first (chs 1-6) Paul addressed his concerns about divisions in the church and the congregation’s tendency toward libertinism—as evidenced by their lax sexual and judicial norms.  The remainder is Paul’s response to their questions about marriage, … Continue reading

1 Corinthians 1-4

Many believe that 1 Corinthians was written from Ephesus during Paul’s third journey (16.8; cf. Acts 19.1-10).  It may be that the letter was occasioned by a series of correspondence that occurred while Paul was traveling from Antioch to Ephesus, and when he arrived there.  Some from Chloe’s household had … Continue reading