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Corinth in Crisis

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

in Paul: A Critical Life

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780192853424
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.003.0012
Corinth in Crisis

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Whether Paul made the so-called Intermediate Visit is dependent on the interpretation of the two difficult texts in his Second Letter to the Corinthians. The chapter argues that Paul was thinking in two different timeframes, however there is no direct information as to why Paul went to Corinth not long after he wrote his First Letter to the Corinthians. Timothy's assessment report may have played a key role in it. What may have transpired when Paul got to Corinth was obscure yet what perturbed him most was the attitude of the Corinthians. This led him to write the Painful Letter. His departure for Troas and meeting with Titus raises some questions that are discussed in this chapter. The collection for the poor of Jerusalem by the Corinthians was hampered by the refusal of the ‘spirit-people’ and gave an opportunity to the Judaizers.

Keywords: Timothy; Painful Letter; Troas; Titus; Jerusalem; spirit-people; Judaizers

Chapter.  15481 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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