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Keys to First CorinthiansRevisiting the Major Issues$
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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199564156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564156.001.0001

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Eucharist and Community in First Corinthians

Eucharist and Community in First Corinthians

(p.194) 13 Eucharist and Community in First Corinthians
Keys to First Corinthians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

This chapter first develops Paul's understanding of Christian community with particular emphasis on its unity, and its identification with ‘Christ’. It is the antithesis of the world/society, which is dominated by a false value system (‘Sin’). The authentic existence of the members of the community protected them from Sin and was the basis of their freedom. Any form of selfishness (‘sin’), therefore, was a threat to freedom. Then the chapter offers a detailed exegesis of 1 Cor 11: 17–34. It argues that the reference to the necessity of divisions (v. 19) may be an allusion to a Corinthian slogan, that Paul believed in the reality of the change of bread and wine (‘transubstantiation’), and that the validity of the eucharist was conditioned by genuine love and sharing among believers (vv. 20 and 26).

Keywords:   1 Cor 11: 17–34, community, freedom, Sin, sin, divisions, transubstantiaton, slogan, sharing

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