The Theology of the First Letter to the Corinthians (Cambridge New Testament Theology Series)
This study shows that the common view of 1 Corinthians as mainly about 'ethics' and therefore of little importance for 'theology' needs correcting. Furnish argues that 1 Corinthians is an even better place to take the apostle's theological pulse than...
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This study shows that the common view of 1 Corinthians as mainly about 'ethics' and therefore of little importance for 'theology' needs correcting. Furnish argues that 1 Corinthians is an even better place to take the apostle's theological pulse than the allegedly 'more theological' letters to the Galatians and Romans, because here it is especially evident how his thinking about the gospel took place within the crucible of his missionary and pastoral labours. Paul's complex theological legacy is not a systematic theology or even the basis for constructing a theological system. However, we come close to the heart of Paul's legacy in his clear-sighted identification of the gospel with the saving power of God's love as disclosed in Christ, and his insistence that those who are called to belong to Christ are thereby summoned to be agents of God's love wherever in the world they have received that call.
This study shows that the common view of 1 Corinthians as mainly about 'ethics' and therefore of little importance for 'theology' needs correcting. Many other studies of the letter focus mainly on the details of the Corinthian situation and the moral teachings Paul conveyed to his congregation. While not ignoring these, Furnish's primary aim is to explore and clarify the theological orientation of 1 Corinthians, and what it can contribute to an understanding of Paul as a theologian. Furnish concludes that 1 Corinthians is important for both ethics and theology.
Examines the theological orientation of 1 Corinthians, and Paul??'s contribution as theologian and teacher.
Victor Paul Furnish (Ph.D., Yale University) is University Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Emeritus at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and general editor of the Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. His numerous publications on and contributions to Pauline studies set him apart as one of the premier New Testament scholars of our generation, they include II Corinthians (Anchor Biblical Commentary); 1 & 2 Thessalonians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries); The Moral Teaching of Paul and The Theology of Corinthians.
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- 1. Introduction
- 2. Knowing God, Belonging To Christ
- 3. Belonging To Christ In An Unbelieving Society
- 4. Belonging To Christ In A Believing Community
- 5. Hoping In God, The 'all In All'
- 6. The Significance Of 1 Corinthians For Christian Thought
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- Index Of References
- Index Of Names
- Index Of Subjects.