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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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The Divorced Woman in 1 Corinthians 7:10–11

The Divorced Woman in 1 Corinthians 7:10–11

(p.32) 4 The Divorced Woman in 1 Corinthians 7:10–11
Keys to First Corinthians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

Paul's prohibition of divorce and remarriage in 1 Cor 7:10–11 is not a general principle, but his solution to a particular problem at Corinth, where a woman had been divorced against her will for superficial reasons. She should remain single in order to forgive her erring husband fully by welcoming him back into the marriage. Despite the saying of Jesus, Paul permits a divorce where he finds the reasons adequate (7: 15).

Keywords:   1 Cor 7:10–11, 1 Cor 7: 15, divorce, remarriage, saying of Jesus, forgiveness

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