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By Richard Horsley

This statement highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably various non secular viewpoints represented through Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. specifically, Richard Horsley exhibits that this letter offers a window in which one may well view the strain among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's predicament for increase a social-religious neighborhood dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing harmony.

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But Paul may also be referring to dramatic manifestations of the Spirit (with which "power" is virtually interchangeable in his writings) that accompanied the initial changes in the Corinthians' lives as they responded to his mission among them. As indicated also in his comment about manifestations of "the Spirit and . . miracles among you" in Gal 3:5, the beginning of Paul's mission in a new place was accompanied by "pentecostal" phenomena including ecstatic prophecy. In 2:5, with another brief swipe at sophia as merely "human," Paul recapitulates the main point of the argument so far: The message of the cross (which is foolishness to "the wise") stands over against sophia (through which the world did not know God) as the 54 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-2:5 power of God overturning the established order while saving those who respond in faith.

Subsequent steps in the argument (especially 3:4 and 3:5-15) show that Paul believes the quarrel is between his followers and the followers of Apollos. So far as we know, Cephas (Peter) had not visited Corinth; hypotheses about his role in the Corinthian community are based on either chapters 10-13 or the now discredited theory of "Judaizers" as the opponents of Paul wherever he went or both. Paul himself may be responsible for the inclusion of Cephas in the list of names in verse 12. How shall we explain the slogan, "I belong to Christ"?

Spiritual "maturity" or "perfection" depends on having "speech" along with reason. Eloquence is God's gift to the soul who has transcended mortal things for the contemplation of the immortal (Migr. Abr. 70-85; cf. 1 Cor 2:6-3:4). Those who desire "knowledge" and put their faith in "wisdom" display "bold speech" {Heres 14-21; cf. 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).

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