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The Epistles to the Corinthians

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“Both 1 and 2 Corinthians were undoubtedly written by the Apostle Paul. He established the church in Corinth, ad was the self-proclaimed ‘father’ of the Corinthian believers. Intrinsically, Pul designates himself as being the author in both epistles” (“The Epistles”, 2003). There is also evidence of Paul’s presence in Corinth in the book of Acts (18: 117). Finally, te early church kept these epistles in high esteem, atributing them to Paul while lingual experts have established that the letters are consistent with other documents known to have been Paul.

According to Hillyer, bth 1 and 2 Corinthians are “unmistakably Pauline in the tone and character of their teaching and in their vocabulary and style” (1970: 1051). Having established who wrote the book through the historical record and through linguistic and philosophic comparison, i is then possible to link the author’s motivations and life to the motivations and intended purposes of the book he undoubtedly wrote. Athough Paul is considered to have been one of the most accessible of early church figures, h has nevertheless proven difficult to terms of who he was as a man.

Attempting to define Paul, athor Victor Paul Furnish (1994) identifies two Pauls, oe identified in his relation within the church and one identified in his historical context. Within the church, h is determined to be the apostle for the Gentiles as Colossians highlights his function as a missionary to them and as Ephesians grants them equal status with the Jews as beneficiaries of the promises of Christ (Beker, 1991: Cs. 3& 4). Historically, tere is evidence that Paul was a prior embarking upon his missionary work, bt this provides less information than one might otherwise assume (Saldarini, 1988).

“Precisely as a Jew, ad subsequently as a Jewish Christian, h [Paul] was also very much a man of the Hellenistic age: aparently trained in the subjects that constituted the lower and middle levels of Hellenistic education, cearly at home among the socially elite of urban society, bth willing and able to engage the religious and intellectual concerns of the non-Jewish world” (Furnish, 1994: 11). Combining these two viewpoints, Frnish that Paul a man of tremendous but practical conviction.

He had a firm grasp on his faith and beliefs, bt was. ..

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