This new translation of First Corinthians includes an introduction and extensive commentary that has been composed to explain the religious meaning of this Pauline epistle. Joseph A. Fitzmyer discusses all the usual introductory problems associated with the epistle, including issues of its authorship, time of composition, and purpose, and he also presents a complete outline.
The author analyzes the epistle, pericope-by-pericope, discussing the meaning of each one in a comment and explaining details in the notes. The book supplies a bibliography on the various passages and problems for readers who wish to investigate further, and useful indexes complete the volume. First Corinthians will be of interest to general readers who wish to learn more about the Pauline letters, and also to pastors, college and university teachers, graduate students studying the Bible, and professors of biblical studies.
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“confound ‘the wisdom of the world’ and to save those who are” (Page 158)
“Lit. ‘understands the things of a human being (tou anthrōpou), if not the spirit of the human being, which is within him?” (Page 180)
“1 Corinthians is unique in the Pauline corpus of the NT in the amount of allusions to the sayings of Jesus of Nazareth” (Page 56)
“Paul shows that love is not a mere feeling, but it evokes a mode of action.” (Page 495)
“Needless to say, Paul is not an anti-intellectual and is not inveighing against the use of philosophy or other polished modes of communication in his endeavor to preach the gospel, but he is concerned that such preaching modes not obscure the mystery of the cross. ‘The evidence of Paul’s own testimony strongly suggests that the apostle deliberately chose not to make use of ancient rhetoric in his preaching of the Gospel and his written correspondence with various churches’ (Weima, ‘What Does Aristotle,’ 467).” (Page 148)
Joseph A. Fitzmyer is a Jesuit priest and professor emeritus at the Catholic University of America. A past president of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association, and coeditor of The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Fitzmyer has written The Aramaic Inscriptions of Sefire and The Genesis Apocryphon of Qumran Cave 1 (1Q20): A Commentary, available from Logos in the Northwest Semitic Collection (7 vols.), and A Manual of Palestinian Aramaic Texts.