INTRODUCTION TO 1 CORINTHIANS
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- Author. Apostle Paul according to all scholars for it is heavily quoted by many earlier church followers.
- Date Written. in 55 or 56 A.D.
- Period Covered. Beginning of the spread of the gospel, during Paul's third missionary journey.
- Geographical Centers. Paul was in Ephesus when he wrote this second letter to the congregation in Corinth.
- Main Theme. First Corinthians is a practical letter. Paul dealt with problems concerning the church as a whole and also with personal problems. The letter is relevant for the needs of today. Individuals and churches continue to face many of the same problems encountered at Corinth.
- Audience. A maturing congregation with problems.
- Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to give instruction and admonition that would lead to the solving of the many problems in the congregation. Some of these problems may have arisen out of a "super spiritualist" group that had been influenced by incipient gnostic teachings. All of the problems in chapters 1-14 were grounded in egocentric or self-centered attitudes in contrast to self-denying, Christ-centered attitudes. Chapter 15 concerning the resurrection may reflect sincere misconceptions on the part of the Corinthians. (Holman Bible Dictionary)
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