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By Richard A. Horsley

This remark highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably diverse spiritual viewpoints represented through Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. specifically, Richard Horsley exhibits that this letter offers a window wherein one may perhaps view the stress among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's predicament for build up 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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It is evident from Paul's defensive statements in both 4:3-4 and 9:3 that some people in Corinth have been examining and judging Paul's apostleship. Anticipating the explicit reversal of his argument in 3:1, there is a subtle change in tone in 2:16. After seeming to share the Corinthians' excitement about receiving enlightenment by means of the Spirit, Paul suddenly calls such a spiritual quest into question by posing a rhetorical question drawn from Isa 40:13. He then immediately focuses attention back on Christ, that one who was crucified by the rulers (2:2, 8), whose gospel is "foolishness" (1:18, 23).

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).

The division that required such extensive discussion and evoked both sarcasm (3:1-4) and threats (3:10-15; 4:18-21) was apparently largely between the partisans of Apollos and those of Paul. We will also note the importance of Paul's insistence, while he was in Corinth, that he supported himself by working with his own hands. This was looked upon as demeaning in the dominant Greco-Roman culture (see below on 9:3-14; cf. 2 Cor 11:8-9; 12:13). Whatever his reasons, he was clearly deviating from the standard in the movement, that of the communities supporting the apostles who worked among them.

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