The structure and argument of 1 Corinthians: A biblical/Jewish approach

Roy E. Ciampa, Brian S. Rosner

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This article argues that when the fundamentally Jewish character of 1 Corinthians is recognized, a clear structure and argument emerges. The order of the material reflects Paul's own agenda seen in patterns elsewhere in his letters. While unity is clearly a significant issue, Paul's main concern is with the purity of the church and the glory of God. The Corinthian church is part of the fulfillment of the OT expectation of worldwide worship of the God of Israel, and as God's eschatological temple they must act in a manner appropriate to their holy status by shunning pagan vices and glorifying God under the lordship of Christ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-218
Number of pages14
JournalNew Testament Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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