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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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Corinthian Slogans in 1 Corinthians 6:12–20

Corinthian Slogans in 1 Corinthians 6:12–20

(p.20) 3 Corinthian Slogans in 1 Corinthians 6:12–20
Keys to First Corinthians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues two points both concerned with the Corinthian attitude towards sex. (1) The second Corinthian slogan should read, ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food. But God will destroy both one and the other’ (v. 13a). This is confirmed by the structure of Paul's response in vv. 13b–14a. Resurrection affirms the importance of the physical body as the sphere of moral activity. (2) ‘Every sin which a man commits is outside the body’ (v. 18b) is also a Corinthian slogan because it refuses moral relevance to all physical acts. The Postscript clarifies Paul's response in v. 18c by introducing his teaching on homosexuality.

Keywords:   1 Cor 6: 12–20, slogans, sex, resurrection, morality, homosexuality

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