The concepts of wisdom and knowledge in 1 Corinthians have been studied from two general approaches. One approach derives the apostle Paul's usage from nonmythological understanding of the concepts in the Old Testament and later Judaism. The second approach sees an influence of mythological origins that may or may not have been mediated through Judaism.
This article discusses the context and author of the book of 1 Corinthians, and provides an outline of this book.
According to this article, it seems as if 1 Corinthians 1-1 Corinthians 4 play a significant role in the letter as a whole. The problem of food offered to idols is approached by Paul in essentially the same manner as he approaches the problem of divisions over leaders. It is argued that 1 Corinthians 8:1–11:1 appears to follow closely Paul’s pattern of argumentation in 1 Corinthians 4.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 1:1-17.
The work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the local church is that he creates the local church, animates it, brings order within it, and causes growth. These are principle taught from 1 Corinthians 12-1 Corinthians 14 on the work of the Holy Spirit in the local church. This is what the article explains.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.
Should women be silent in church? This article examine 1 Corinthians 14:33b-36 to answer this question. It looks at the literary structure of the text, and different interpretations of the text. Then it looks at a possible solution to the meaning of women being silent in the churches.
1 Corinthians 11:28 makes self-examination an imperative for coming to the Lord's Supper. This article shows that self-examination ought to be part of the Christian life, and that self examination should not be a threat, but rather an encouragement to come to Christ as presented in the Lord's Supper.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 3:1-23.
Metaphors referring to family life played an important role in the formation of the New Testament and the early church. This article explores one aspect of the use of family metaphors, namely, the image of a father, used metaphorically by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:14–21 to assert his apostolic authority in the church in Corinth.
This article, with the help of 1 Corinthians 4:1, considers a couple of qualities that should mark a minister.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 4:1-21.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 5:1-13.
Does the gift of prophecy continue after the apostolic period? The interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:10 plays a significant role in this discussion. This author compares Richard Gaffin's and Wayne Grudem's interpretations of this verse, and hopes to expose an oversight of Grudem. He considers their interpretations of the coming of "the perfect."
This study investigates the meaning of 1 Corinthians 12:13 and critically interacts with other exegetes' views.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 6:1-11.
Opinions vary on the relationship of 1 Corinthians 7:6-7 to its wider context. The result is that widely differing interpretations of 1 Corinthians 7:1-24 have been offered. This article offers a way to unlock the pattern of Paul's thought in 7:8-24. It is argued that 7:6 does not refer to the contents of 7:1-5, but emphatically to 7:7a where "de" assumes an adverbial role of "rather" in Paul's warning. Using the strong adversative "but" in 7:7b, Paul acknowledges that either singleness or marriage is a divine gift.
Was the apostle Paul an ascetic who saw marriage and sex as ungodly evils? These and related issues like celibacy are examined in the context of 1 Corinthians 7. The author argues against such interpretations. He offers a careful examination of the situational and discourse context and the structure of the chapter.
Are the words recorded in 1 Corinthians 7:10-12 Paul's words or God's word? This article weighs in.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 7:1-40.
What were the appropriate Christian responses to the complexity of daily life presided over by the deities in Corinth, as portrayed in 1 Corinthians 8-1 Corinthians 10? This essay responds to this question by first describing the religious pluralism of Roman Corinth, which took for granted the legitimacy of all its many gods and many lords.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.
This article considers what Paul was really getting at in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 when he spoke of himself as being all things to all people. In what way(s) exactly was he accommodating himself?
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 9:1-27.
What is the intended meaning of the rhetorical question in 1 Corinthians 10:22? This article argues that an investigation of the Old Testament background to verses 1-21 suggests a likely origin for 10:22b, and also clarifies its precise intent, significance, and force.
What is the nature of human freedom in light of man's natural tendency towards sin? This article responds to a previous article in the journal by Paul Himes who argued that 1 Corinthians 10:13 provides good evidence in favour of libertarianism, at least in situations in which Christians are tempted to sin. Cowan argues contrary to Himes that the text actually supports a compatibilist view of freedom.
Does the New Testament use the Old Testament in a contextual manner, that is, acknowledging the literary context from where the reference is taken? The thesis of this article is that Paul’s use of Exodus 32:6 in 1 Corinthians 10:7 and the flow of the argument in 1 Corinthians 10:1–13 are best understood against the literary context of covenant making, breaking, and renewal in Exodus 19-Exodus 34.
This article explores the importance of a right understanding of the preposition "anti" ("instead of") in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (v. 15). Padgett argues that various lexical choices make no difference in this case. Paul is stating that nature has given women hair instead of a covering. This conclusion adds probability to the alternative reading being proposed.
This article wrestles with the instruction in 1 Corinthians 11 that women should wear head coverings. It deals with matters such as the meaning of "head," whether to translate verse 3 as "man and woman" or "husband and wife," and the meaning of head covering then and now. It considers the reasons why Paul wanted women to be covered. It concludes with how the church today is to apply the text.
1 Corinthians 11:26 shows that the Lord's Supper is a means of proclamation. Through the Lord's Supper, Christians proclaim the death of Christ to be a necessary, sacrificial, and covenantal death. Christians proclaim this during the Lord's Supper by grieving over sin, rejoicing in deliverance, and spreading the gospel of grace.
Working from 1 Corinthians 11:29, this article shows that the Lord's Supper is a unique meal due to its spiritual nature. Partaking of it requires the believer to rightly understand its purpose and meaning. Taking it wrongfully is an insult to Christ, and deserves God's judgment. However, when taken with a rightly prepared heart, the Lord's Supper is a blessing to the believer.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.
How should 1 Corinthians 12-1 Corinthians 14 be interpreted? Baker believes that the key to the three chapters is the correct understanding of the first phrase, "Now about the spiritual gifts,” in 12:1. He also discusses in some detail the meaning of "gift of grace" ("charismata"), "to be zealous," and "spiritual" ("pneumatikos").
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 12:1-30.
This article is an exposition and application of 1 Corinthians 13:4-5.
This article unpacks the meaning and implications of 1 Corinthians 13:4, that love believes all things. The article reveals that our struggle to give others the benefit of the doubt often has more to do with our inflated view of ourselves.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 14:1-40.
This is an article about 1 Corinthians 14:34.
This article discusses the meaning of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 15:58. The author believes that "the work of the Lord" consists of edification and evangelism.
This article considers what our bodies will be like when glorified, and it draws from 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 to do so.
Some modern exegetes claim that the disciples' experience of Jesus after the resurrection was nothing more than a visionary experience. This article wants to challenge this view. It further challenges the view that the body of Christ was not important for the church in Jerusalem's concept of the resurrection of Christ.
For many exegetes 1 Corinthians 15:56 is puzzling. In this article, Vlachos wants to examine this text carefully and evaluate previous attempts to explain the presence of the triad of law, sin, and death in the letter. He suggests that the text should be interpreted as an epigram that referred to the garden of Eden.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 15:1-58.
This article is a Bible study on 1 Corinthians 16:1-24.
The apostle Paul refers to Deuteronomy 25:4 in 1 Corinthians 9:9 and 1 Timothy 5:18. He makes the point that a minister of the gospel should be allowed to live from his work. This essay focuses on the meaning of Deuteronomy 25:4 in its literary context to establish if Paul is reading this verse as the author of Deuteronomy intended it.