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Paul: A Critical Life$
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Jerome Murphy-OʼConnor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192853424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.001.0001

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Confusion at Corinth

Confusion at Corinth

(p.252) 11 Confusion at Corinth
Paul: A Critical Life

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

Oxford University Press

Paul's choice of Corinth as a missionary base was well-motivated; however, the church members there had proved to be the most exasperating ones Paul had to deal with. The chapter argues that virtually every statement Paul made took root in their minds but in a slightly distorted form. Paul found himself obliged to write more letters to them than any other church. The New Testament contains only two letters, but biblical scholars say it may have been five in all. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians gave the impression that it was his first contact with Corinth since his founding visit. Lastly, Paul had to send Timothy, who is not listed in the address of the letter, to provide an independent assessment of the situation there.

Keywords:   Corinth, missionary base, church members, New Testament, Timothy

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