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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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Freedom or the Ghetto (1 Corinthians 8:1–13; 10:23–11:1)

Freedom or the Ghetto (1 Corinthians 8:1–13; 10:23–11:1)

(p.87) 8 Freedom or the Ghetto (1 Corinthians 8:1–13; 10:23–11:1)
Keys to First Corinthians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

Opinion is divided as to the situation with which Paul deals in 1 Cor 8–10. For some it is question of the legitimacy of eating meat which had been sacrified to idols (the ‘marketplace food’ hypothesis), whereas others believe that the issue was participation in meals eaten in a temple in the presence of the god (the ‘cultic meal’ hypothesis). The original article took the ‘marketplace food’ hypothesis for granted. The ‘cultic meal’ hypothesis was put forward only subsequently, and the Postscript mounts a strong argument that it cannot be correct, particularly since cultic meals were not treated as seriously as the hypothesis demands. The Postscript further develops the theme of Paul's example in 8:13 by discussing the implications of his refusal to obey the command of Jesus in 9:14. Emphasis is laid on the fact that Jesus himself disobeyed the Law in Mt 8: 22 and 11: 19.

Keywords:   1 Cor 8–10, idol‐meat, cultic meals, saying of Jesus, disobedience of Jesus, Mt 8: 22, Mt 11: 19

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