The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


27. First Corinthians

Questions for Review

  1. Where does the writing of 1 Corinthians fit within the historical framework provided by Acts? In what year was it most likely written?
  2. Briefly discuss the history found in Acts 18 regarding the church in Corinth.
  3. About how large was the Christian community in Corinth? What was the church’s ethnic makeup?
  4. What was the occasion that likely led to Paul writing 1 Corinthians?
  5. What information can be gleaned from 1 Clement 47 regarding the situation in Corinth? What kind of light does this information shed on the nature of the problems that Paul was addressing in 1 Corinthians?
  6. Where does the phrase “Now concerning . . .” appear in 1 Corinthians? According to the chapter, what might this phrase indicate?
  7. What kind of (proto-)gnostic vocabulary is found in 1 Corinthians?
  8. Briefly outline Paul’s argument regarding food offered to idols.
  9. How does Paul answer the problem regarding resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15?
  10. Very briefly list and identify the main theological emphases of 1 Corinthians, as presented in the chapter.