By Richard Horsley
This observation highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably diverse non secular viewpoints represented via Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. particularly, Richard Horsley indicates that this letter offers a window during which one may possibly view the stress among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's challenge for increase a social-religious neighborhood dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing cohesion.
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1), and not simply listing his own name along with those of cowriters, as in 1 Thess 1:1, Paul is already responding to the challenge to his authority among the Corinthians (cf. 3:1-4, 5-15; 4:1-20; 9; 15:8-10). Not yet limited to the twelve disciples, "apostle" was the title given to leaders of the expanding movement(s) who preached the gospel and founded communities. In connection with his own authority as an apostle, Paul is emphasizing a point with each of three terms, over against some Corinthians whose focus he finds problematic: he was "called" to his historic role, "by the will of God" who is accomplishing purposes through him, and his apostleship is " o f Christ Jesus," whose lordship over the movement and its assemblies he is eager to assert 39 COMMENTARY repeatedly in the letter.
Paul's motives in citing the principles of the Corinthian spirituals about discernment extend beyond this step in his argument. "Discernment/examination/judgment" (anakrinein), a spiritualized judicial term distinctive to 1 Corinthians among Pauline letters, was a multifaceted matter of contention between Paul and some of the Corinthians. It is evident from Paul's defensive statements in both 4:3-4 and 9:3 that some people in Corinth have been examining and judging Paul's apostleship. Anticipating the explicit reversal of his argument in 3:1, there is a subtle change in tone in 2:16.
In connection with his own authority as an apostle, Paul is emphasizing a point with each of three terms, over against some Corinthians whose focus he finds problematic: he was "called" to his historic role, "by the will of God" who is accomplishing purposes through him, and his apostleship is " o f Christ Jesus," whose lordship over the movement and its assemblies he is eager to assert 39 COMMENTARY repeatedly in the letter. Sosthenes is not necessarily the same as the officer of the Jewish synagogue in Corinth in Acts 18:17.