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Outline I. Introduction to Corinth and 1 Corinthians 1. Proposed Backgrounds 2. Ancient Letters 3. Corinth 4. The Particular Situation and Paul's Response in 1 Corinthians II. Suggested Reading for Corinth and 1 Corinthians 1. Paul and philosophy 2. Rhetoric and 1 Corinthians 3. Politics and 1 Corinthians 4. Social setting of 1 Corinthians 5. Primary sources for Corinth 6. Studies of the local situation in Corinth or its church 7. Ancient Letters 8. Paul and Jewish tradition 9. Theology 10. Commentaries 11. Sample articles and monographs III. Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1:1-3: Paul's Greeting 1:4-9: Paul Thanks God for the Corinthian Christians 1:10-12: Demand for Unity 1:13-17: Not a Gospel about Preachers 1:18-25: God's Foolishness and Human Wisdom A Closer Look: Paul's Use of Rhetoric 1:26-31: Boast in Christ, not in Status Bridging the Horizons 2:1-5: Converted by "Weak" Speech A Closer Look: Paul's Critique of Rhetoric 2:6-13: Human Wisdom Versus Wisdom from the Spirit 2:14---3:4: Spirit-people versus mortals 3:5---4:5: Eschatological Evaluation 4:6-21: Personal Appeal to Humble Themselves Bridging the Horizons 5:1-13: Disciplining the Sexual Offender 6:1-8: Christian versus Secular Courts 6:9-11: Leaving the Former Life A Closer Look: Arsenokoitës and malakos 6:12-21: The Sanctity of the Body, or, Why Christians should not sleep with Prostitutes A Closer Look: Sex in the Cities Bridging Horizons 7:1-9: Sex Within Marriage A Closer Look: Marriage, Celibacy and Paul 7:10-16: Staying Married 7:17-24: Remaining Content with one's Situation 7:25-35: Unmarried Life Simpler Bridging the Horizons 7:36-40: Betrothed Virgins and Widows 8:1-13: Knowledge and Idol Food A Closer Look: Idol Food 9:1-27: Paul Relinquishes the Right of Support A Closer Look: Teachers' Support 10:1-22: Eating Idol Food Supports Idolatry 10:23---11:1: Concluding Summary and Arguments on Idol Food 11:2-16: Sexual Modesty in Church A Closer Look: The Need for Head Coverings 11:17-34: Abusing a Sacred Fellowship Meal A Closer Look: Symposia and the Lord's Supper 12:1-11: Gifts from the Spirit 12:12-30: One body, many members Bridging the Horizons 12:31---13:13: The Criterion for Employing Gifts 14:1-25: Prophecy More Useful than Tongues 14:26-40: Instructions for Order in Worship Bridging the Horizons 15:1-11: Jesus Rose A Closer Look: Ancient views on Resurrection 15:12-34: Eschatological Resurrection of Believers 15:35-58: Nature of the Resurrection Bridging the Horizons 16:1-12: Plans and Instructions A Closer Look: Paul's Collection Bridging the Horizons 16:13-24: Conclusion IV. Introduction to 2 Corinthians 1. Genre 2. The Situation in 2 Corinthians 3. Opponents 4. Unity? V. Suggested Reading for 2 Corinthians 1. Situation 2. Theology 3. Other questions 4. Commentaries 5. Articles and monographs VI. Commentary 1:1-11: Epistolary Introduction 1:12-22: Paul's Reliability A Closer Look: Fickleness 1:23---2:11: Discipline and Forgiveness 2:12-13: Paul's Concern for Titus 2:14-17: God Sent Paul 3:1-18: Revealing the Greater Covenant's Glory A Closer Look: Letters of Recommendation A Closer Look: Divine Transformation through an Image Bridging the Horizons 4:1-15: God's Glory in Weak Vessels 4:16---5:10: The Inner Person's Future Hope A Closer Look: Souls and Heavens 5:11---6:10: Persevering Ambassadors of Reconciliation 6:11---7:4: Plea to Join God's and His Ambassadors' Side A Closer Look: An Interpolation in 6:14---7:1? A Closer Look: Belial 7:5-16: Repentant Response to Paul's Letter 8:1-15: Examples of Sacrificial Giving A Closer Look: Equality Bridging the Horizons 8:16---9:5: The Delegations A Closer Look: Chapter 9 a Separate Letter? 9:6-15: Sowing God's Gifts, Reaping God's Praise 10:1-18: The Meek Letter-Writer versus his Challengers A Closer Look: Rhetorical Expectations A Closer Look: Self-Boasting 11:1-21a: Forced to Folly A Closer Look: Corrupting Eve (11:2-3) Bridging the Horizons 11:21b-33: The Fool's Boast in Sufferings 12:1-10: The Fool's Boast in Visions A Closer Look: Paradise and the Third Heaven 12:11-18: Concluding Appeal and Summary 12:19---13:10: Paul's Visit 13:11-13: Closing Greetings
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Bible. N.T. Corinthians -- Commentaries.