Murphy-O’Connor-Spirit-people and an intruder


After Paul wrote his 1 Corinthians we don’t know exactly what happened.  In Paul: A Critical Life, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor helpfully tabulated the clues we have to go on from passages in 2 Corinthians:

(1) A single Christian (2:6, 7:12) made a serious attack (2:1, 3, 4) on Paul personally (2:5, 10); (2) the members of the church did not manifest the personal loyalty and enthusiasm Paul had expected (7:12).  They were sufficiently at fault to experience the need for repentance (7:9).  Yet they managed to convince Titus of their innocence in the matter (7:11). (p. 293)

I am not going to go into the array of issues with interpreting 2 Corinthians.  I will just give you an idea of what Murphy-O’Connor thought about the opponents Paul faced in Corinth.

Many interpreters see the man who offended Paul as a member of the community at Corinth.  But it may make…

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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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