Saturday, October 3, 2015

On "Eject the Evil"

An Exegetical Essay on 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

The Apostle Paul wrote his “first” letter to an astonishingly depraved Corinthian church rife with syncretistic factionalism (1:12, 3:4), sexual immorality (5:1) and shameless self-promotion (5:2, 6). Whether dragging their internecine disputes before the gentile magistrates of the public courts (6:1-8) or conducting themselves deplorably at the Lord’s Supper (11:17-22), inside and outside the church, the Corinthians continually debased the name of Christ and shamed the Family of God. In anticipation of his imminent arrival (4:19), Paul’s epistle puts the whole church on notice by unflinchingly detailing every unseemly issue and unchristian practice he intends to correct when he gets there.

That’s the opening paragraph of an essay I wrote for my 1 Corinthians paper. As the subtitle says, it’s an exegetical essay on the last five verses of Chapter Five of Paul’s first epistle to the church at Corinth. To read it, just click here or on the Pages tab at the top of this blog called Eject the Evil.

As it is an exegetical essay on the Greek text, there is a great deal of technical material on Greek grammar in the detailed analysis section. Unlike the essay I handed in to be graded however, I have provided translations after every Greek word to make it more accessible.

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God bless.

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