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1 Corinthians 7:1-7 Revisited

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With the appearance of many new or updated English translations and of several new commentaries in the last decade of the previous century, it seemed as if the meaning of the Greek idiom had finally won the day. Caragounis's deliberate toning down of sexual misconduct in the church is to deny the vigorous rhetoric with which Paul takes on Corinthian misconduct in both 5: 1-13 and 6: 12-20. In embracing the traditional view of verse I, Caragounis makes two points. First, he contends vigorously against the view that "it is good for a man not to touch a woman" is anything other than Paul's own view; second, he suggests that the phrase is best understood as a metonymy "to signify marriage". Finally, when all factors are considered, Caragounis's objections to "emerging consensus" are simply not substantive enough to cause a change of mind on the significant issues in this passage.

Keywords: Caragounis; Corinthian; Paul



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