PREFACE This commentary began with a compendium of comments on First Corinthians prepared by Professor Orr for his classes on "the practical use of the New Testament."
PAUL'S PRE-CHRISTIAN LIFE Nowhere in the Epistles does Paul refer to his birthplace, nor surprisingly, to the fact that he was a Roman citizen.
INTRODUCTORY (1:1-9) GREETINGS (1:1-3) 1 1 I, Paul, called as an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, along with brother Sosthenes, 2 to the church of God located in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called a saints, together with all in every place who appeal to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ -- both their Lord and ours: 3 grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This work page contains the older Anchor Bible commentary on 1st Corinthians. Please do not combine with the commentary by Fitzmyer.
I Corinthians is Volume 32 in the Anchor Bible series of new book-by-book translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha. William S. Orr and James Arthur Walther are, respectively, Professor Emeritus and Associate Professor of New Testament at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
St. Paul's I Corinthians stands as one of the Bible's greatest masterpieces and certainly one of the greatest contributions to Christian theology. The epistle "To the Church which is in Corinth..." addresses itself to the basic tenets of Christian faith as well as down-to-earth matters of moral conduct and standards of Christian living, including such topics as speaking in tongues, the Resurrection, the Lord's Supper, and the problems of marriage. This letter also includes Paul's memorable definition of Christian love.
The man who laid the foundations of Christian theology remains important not only for what he taught, but for who he was.
Professors Orr and Walther ask--and answer--"What Kind of Man Was Paul?" in their own extended introductory biography of the man: a look at his life, his ministry, and his beliefs.
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