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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