Murphy-O’Connor-back-and-forth with Corinth


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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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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