Historical context and occasion of the Corinthian correspondence
Week Reading(s) from Keener for Lecture Readings of Biblical Text Readings for Tutorial
Note: R= e-reader Exegesis: Corinthian Correspondence
PRO= Proquest Religion database
RPC= Religion and Philosophy database
1 1-10 1 Corinthians (whole letter)
2 20-39 1 Corinthians 1-2 Keener, 3-4,29-31,35-37, 218-219; Crocker, 17-22 R
3 39-47 1 Corinthians 3-4 Capes, 54-82 R
Green, M. (1982) To Corinth With Love. London: Hodder and Stoughton. (143-151 R)
4 47-61 1 Corinthians 5-6 Crocker, 11-14, 125-139 R
Deming, W. (1996) The unity of 1 Corinthians 5-6. Journal of Biblical Literature, 115 (2), 289-312. RPC
A Describe the historical context and occasion of the Corinthian correspondence
B Analyse literary and rhetorical factors relevant to interpreting the Corinthian correspondence
Write a report of 1000 words based on reading Keener, C. S. (2005), 1-2 Corinthians. New Cambridge Bible Commentary (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press).
In your report, discuss these 3 questions:
1. What were the main reasons why Paul and the Corinthian church wrote to each other? How is this reflected in the structure of the two letters?
2. What aspects of Greek culture and the nature of the city of Corinth are reflected in 1-2 Corinthians?
3. Why do commentators discuss rhetoric in relation to Paul’s letters? How helpful is this for understanding 1 Corinthians? (Give at least one example)
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