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A Sketch of Paul's Eschatological Arguments in 1 Corinthians 5-16

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This appendix of the book Judgment and Community Conflict sketches how this thesis might hold true for other eschatological texts in the letter. It claims that Paul in the thanksgiving period of 1 Corinthians (1:4-9) not only introduces some major themes of the letter but also already begins to correct a mistaken Corinthian understanding of eschatology, by means of references to the future parousia and judgment. The large issue in 1 Corinthians 8-10 concerns participation by Christians in outside society, particularly the eating of meat offered to idols, and the effects of such participation on the solidarity of the group. Apocalyptic eschatology plays a minor role in these chapters, being used only in 9:24-27. The denial of the resurrection of the dead by some Corinthians (15:12) has been one of major foundations of the hypothesis that the Corinthian problems stemmed from a "realized eschatology".

Keywords: 1 Corinthians; apocalyptic eschatology; Christians; community conflict; eschatological texts; Paul; thanksgiving period



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