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lCor 8-10: 'On Idol Offerings'

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First Corinthians 8-10 is crucial for understanding Paul's practical teaching on the Law. The prohibition of food sacrificed to idols was obviously included. This meant that Christ believing gentiles were forced to take a stand vis-a-vis a cornerstone of the Law of the Jews when confronted with the issue of idol food offerings. Moreover, inasmuch as for Jews the prohibition against contact with idolatry included communication with those eating sacrificial food, the attitude of non-Jewish believers would directly affect Jewish-gentile relations, both within the Church and outside it. This practical issue would be crucial for the validity of the Law and the unity of the Jewish-gentile Church two prominent topics, especially in other letters of Paul. In that sense the issue of idol food may be perceived as a test-case for Paul himself.

Keywords: Christ believing gentiles; First Corinthians; halakha; idolatry; Jewish-gentile Church; Paul

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