By Richard A. Horsley
This observation highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably varied non secular viewpoints represented via Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. specifically, Richard Horsley indicates that this letter offers a window during which one may possibly view the stress among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's crisis for build up a social-religious group dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing solidarity.
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Such personal transcendence was found in an exalted spiritual status of the truly 55 COMMENTARY powerful, wealthy, nobly born, mature, and wise of the sort that can be discerned in those same hellenistic-Jewish circles. The presentation of Christ as a wisdom teacher offering personal transcendence achieved through intimate relationship with Sophia would have had immediate and extensive affinity with the worldview into which the Corinthians would have been socialized, and would have offered spiritual gifts that rivaled the "demonstrations of the Spirit" that Paul had introduced into Corinth.
9), in transition to the main theme of the first major section of the letter: divisiveness. 0 0 0 0 Paul places the distinctive gifts of the Corinthians firmly in the context of his own focus on Christ and Christ's imminent return. He saturates the salutation and thanksgiving with repetitive references to Jesus Christ as the instrument of salvation and the exalted and returning political Lord. Christ is also now the content of the "testimony" that is "confirmed" (or "guaranteed"—a legal metaphor) among them (v.
But human political rulers (like the rulers in Rom 13:3 and other N T literature; Carr 1981; Fee 1987). Paul may be referring here to rulers of the Roman Empire generally, whereas in 2:8 he focuses on those responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus. But also, Paul stands in the tradition of Jewish apocalyptic literature in which human rulers act under the influence of superhuman demonic forces. When Paul describes his sophia in 2:7 as "God's wisdom in a mystery, which God decreed before the ages" (obscured in the NRSV paraphrase "wisdom, secret and hidden"), he writes in almost technical Jewish apocalyptic terms (not the language of mystery religions).
1 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries) by Richard A. Horsley