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Paul, The Cults In Corinth, And The Corinthian Correspondence

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It is known that Roman Corinth was a religious center with temples for both older and newer cults (religions) flourishing side by side. This chapter suggests that all the cults in Roman Corinth at the time of Paul were interconnected, and that is a fact which is important to stress. Paul seems to contradict himself by allowing the Corinthians to eat idol meat by invitation to a banquet at a private home. The imperial cult was another kind of idolatry (cult) that the Christians around the Greco-Roman world and especially at Roman Corinth had to deal with and avoid at the same time. Paul's condemnation of idol worship was essential to his missionary preaching throughout the whole region. The influence of the cult of the emperor became a vital part in the whole structure of the Corinthian religious and political daily life.

Keywords:Corinthian; Cults; Greco-Roman world; idol worship; idolatry; Paul; Roman Corinth



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