Richard Horsley's Abingdon New Testament Commentary -1st Corinthians (Abingdon PDF
By Richard Horsley
This observation highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably various non secular viewpoints represented by means of Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. specifically, Richard Horsley indicates 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 main issue for build up a social-religious group dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing harmony.
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0 0 0 0 Throughout much of 1:18-25 Paul plays on the word sophia and its opposite, folly, with different twists and turns. But while the meaning of sophia keeps shifting, that of the cross/Christ crucified 47 COMMENTARY remains stable, from the thesis statement in 1:18 to the climactic statement of the paragraph in 1:23-24: it is the power of God for those who are being saved/the called. By contrast, Paul moves the term sophia from opposition to the cross and opposition by God in 1:18-20 into apposition with the crucified Christ (and the power of God) and into identification as the wisdom of God in 1:23-24.
Thus "the sophia of God" in 1:21a must allude to God's plan for fulfillment through Christ. Events of world-historical significance are happening: Some people are being destroyed, others are being saved. In the more distant past, God announced his intention through an oracle of the prophet Isaiah that he would destroy the wisdom of the wise (1:19). In the more recent past, God has carried out that intention (1:20). The explanation comes in 1:21: Since, in the sophia of God, the world did not know God through sophia, God decided to work through the foolishness of Paul's proclamation of Christ crucified.
The thanksgiving often is a prayer to god(s) for the well-being of the addressee(s). Also it often praises the addressees and attempts to elicit their goodwill. In prolonged rhetorical arguments such as Paul's letters, the thanksgiving can function as the introduction to the argument in the body of the letter, establishing major themes that the subsequent discussion amplifies. The expanded salutation and thanksgiving here suggest that Paul is anticipating the issues at stake in the Corinthian community.
Abingdon New Testament Commentary -1st Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries) by Richard Horsley