An exegetical study for I Corinthians 1: 10-18

Verse 10

NASB: … that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.

NRSV: …that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.

NIV: …that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Key words

Legete pantes, katertismevoi, and gnome

From JEA

… that all of you may speak the same thing, indeed that there may be schismata among you all; that you all may be being-perfected-ones in the same mind and in the same perspective.

Verse 14

Eucharisto to theo … Sanai, P

Eucharisto to theo mou … A

Eucharisto … Sanai, B

It is an epistle. The social location of the recipient should be considered.

In this case, the city of Corinth…its commerce, its culture, its religion, its ethics.

Divisions in the Church (1:10-4:21)

The fact of the divisions (1:10-17)

The causes of the divisions (1:18-4:13)

A wrong conception of the Christian message (1:18-3:4)

A wrong conception of Christian ministry and ministers (3:5-4:5)

A wrong conception of the Christian (4:6-13)

Apostle Paul's personality should be considered for his writings.

An exegetical question

Paul brings the fundamental reason for Christian unity. However, how can it be achieved in practical way? Another kind of law in terms of dogma?

The text means so much to the Korean churches in America that are struggling from denominationalism and, in many cases, sectarianism.