I wrote extensively about 1 Corinthians in 2013 when I read through John Hurd’s now-out-of-print The Origins of 1 Corinthians. See here.
Now I have come to the portion of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: a Critical Life where he dealt with the letters to the Corinthians. There are so many facets to this that I am sure I will only be able to cover the gist of it.
There were two letters to the Corinthians that we do not have. One was the Previous Letter (1 Corinthians 5:9) and the other was the Painful Letter (2 Corinthians 2:4). Obviously the Previous Letter came before 1 Corinthians and the Painful Letter before the part of 2 Corinthians that mentions it.
The complicating factor is that most scholars find that 2 Corinthians is a composite of more than one letter. But Murphy-O’Connor dealt with all this in a simple manner. Chapters…
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