During the months of June and July, during the 10 AM Adult Education hour, we will once again take a deep dive into the Bible. Together, we’ll be doing a close reading of First Corinthians. The Yale Divinity Bible Study has this to say about First Corinthians in its general introduction to the Letter:
“Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians is a masterpiece of pastoral theology in which the Apostle to the Gentiles treats a number of issues that have caused difficulties in the Christian community at Corinth. The issues faced by Paul and his Church reflect conditions and issues of the first-century. At the same time they often offer remarkable parallels to issues that confront Christian communities today. Study of the letter provides an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a community of believers, who share many things but disagree on others. It challenges readers to think about how they relate to the wider world that they fully engage even if it does not always share their values. Finally, the letter provokes readers to imitate Paul’s pastoral logic, which probes fundamental convictions to see how they apply in difficult situations.”
In short, First Corinthians has much to offer us! Please sign up here to ensure that you get email updates about the content and pacing of our study.
Please also plan to purchase the following commentary to accompany and inform our reading together. I weighed many factors to find an approachable, affordable, theologically congruent, Kindle-accessible commentary. Copies are available at Head House Books as well as online.
Pheme Perkins. First Corinthians. Baker Academic, 2012. (From the series: Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament.)
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Claire and I look forward to reading with you!