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Paul’s Teaching On Marriage In I Corinthians: Some Problems Considered

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I Corinthians 7 deal with marriage and related topics. The chapter conveniently subdivided: v v. 1-7 contain Paul's discussion on conjugal rights; in v v. 8-9 Paul gives his famous advice to the unmarried and widows: in v v. 10-11 Paul repeats Jesus' command prohibiting divorce: v v. 12-24 concern the problem of the Christian married to a pagan: v v. 25-38 return to the problem of the unmarried; and v v. 39-40 concern the remarriage of widows. Our first problem is the unity of vv. 2538. . Another problem in this chapter is Paul's teaching on divorce. It will be seen that Paul uses the verb ἀφίημι to mean divorce in vv. 11, 12, 13 but χωρίζομαι is found in vv. 10, 11, 15 and this is usually taken to be synonymous with ἀφίημι.

Keywords: Christian; divorce; I Corinthians; marriage; Paul's teaching

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