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The Misidentification Of Lerna Fountain At Corinth: Implications For Interpretations Of The Corinthian Idol-Food Issue (1 Cor 8:1–11:1)

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In their archaeological excavations of Corinth, F. J. de Waele and Carl Roebuck identified the Asklepieion of the city, as well as an adjacent spring, dining rooms, and peristyle court which they further identified as the fountain called Lerna by Pausanias. Many New Testament scholars have accepted de Waele's and Roebuck's identifications of the sites, and some scholars doing detailed investigations of Paul's instructions on idol-food (1 Cor 8:1-11:1) have made particular use of these identifications for their interpretations and reconstructions of the Corinthian idol-food issue. This chapter demonstrates that the adjacent spring and dining rooms were facilities of the Asklepieion and that diners at the site would have known that only sacrificial food was consumed there, while Lerna should be properly identified with the nearby Fountain of the Lamps. The Asklepieion and its adjacent spring/dining room complex are to be identified as a unified site - that of the Corinthian Asklepieion.

Keywords: Asklepieion spring/dining rooms; Corinthian idol-food issue (1 Cor 8:1-11:1); Lerna fountain



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