Category Archives: Textual studies

1 Corinthians 9:1-10 (an apostle’s rights; how to read Torah through Jesus)

Chapter 9 appears at first to be an off-subject interruption between the discussions of meat sacrificed to idols in chapters 8 and 10, but Paul is actually making a point regarding Christians and the exercise of their rights at the … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 8:4-13 (meat sacrificed to idols)

Paul now gets to the issue at hand: meat offered to idols. As the Pulpit Commentary explains, But Gentiles had always been accustomed to buy meat in the markets. Now, much of this meat consisted of remnants of animals slain … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (Oh, to be known by God)

In chapter 8, Paul begins a three-chapter discussion of food offered to idols. And that seems about as irrelevant to modern church life as can be. Except this is, in fact, a passage the speaks immediately and importantly to the … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7:36-40 (remarrying in the Lord)

(1Co 7:36-8:1 ESV)  36 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed [or virgin], if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry — it is … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7:29-35 (living as though Jesus will return tomorrow)

We are continuing to work our way through 1 Corinthians after having been interrupted by a couple of surgeries and a much needed vacation. (1Co 7:29-31 ESV) 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Is Marriage Indissoluble Because Covenants are Indissoluble?

[Mojohn: I’m convinced that "contract" is not the most accurate English word to describe the marriage relationship. God himself calls marriage a covenant (Malachi 2:14). As I understand covenants in the ancient Near East, a party was bound to perform his … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: When Jesus Speaks of “Adultery,” Is He Being Figurative?

Reader Mojohn’s extensive and thoughtful comment questions my view that “adultery” in Jesus’ teaching on divorce in Matthew 5 is used metaphorically [Mojohn: According to CWDNT, the Greek word moichao (Strong’s # 3429) is translated “adultery” and “committing sexual acts … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Does “Not Under Bondage” Allow Remarriage? Part 2

Is remarriage permitted? Now, the next question — although it’s really the same question — is whether the Christian may remarry. I mean, if the couple is “unmarried,” it follows that they may marry because they’re not married — unless … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Does “Not Under Bondage” Allow Remarriage? Part 1

I get emails. I respond to an edited version of reader Mojohn’s extensive comment in this and in the next few posts. The full text of the comment is linked here. This and the next post will deal with the meaning of “not … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7 (The Early Church Fathers on Divorce and Remarriage)

[This is long enough for at least two posts, but given its nature, I thought it would be more helpful to the readers to post this all at once and then skip a day. And I'm posting this from the … Continue reading

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