In writing to the Christians in Corinth (1 Cor. 16: 1–2) Paul requests that a collection should be taken every week in support of his fund for the mother Church in Jerusalem, as he had urged in Galatia. He could also report a good response from Macedonia (2 Cor. 8: 3–5). Paul spent much time and effort in organizing the collection, and the cost of taking it, with companions, must have eaten into the total to such an extent that evidently suspicions were aroused that he was lining his own pocket with some of it (2 Cor. 12: 14–18). Yet the importance of the gesture was enormous to Paul: it was a necessary act of charity (Rom. 15: 28) to reconcile the two wings (Jewish and Gentile) of the Church. Maybe Paul also had in mind OT predictions of ‘many nations’ coming to the mountain of the Lord in Jerusalem (Mic. 4: 2). Perhaps he hoped too that such a gift to the ‘so‐called pillars’ of the mother Church (Gal. 2: 1) would incline them to a more favourable view of his work; but we never hear how they reacted, or even whether they ever received the collection as they had apparently done in 46 ce (Acts 11: 30).
Subjects: Biblical Studies.