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By Richard A. Horsley

This statement highlights either the socio-political context of one Corinthians and the conflict of considerably diversified non secular viewpoints represented by way of Paul and the congregation he had based in Corinth. specifically, Richard Horsley exhibits that this letter presents a window by which one may well view the strain among the Corinthians' curiosity in cultivating person spirituality and the apostle's predicament for increase a social-religious group dedicated to the typical virtue, for the flourishing either one of own dignity and a humanizing solidarity.

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10-11) show that it formed a whole pattern of religious devotion focused on Sophia. Although the spiritual-psychic distinction does not appear there, the synonymous term "mature/perfect" in contrast with a mere "infant" refers to the exalted spiritual status achieved by one who receives or is devoted to Sophia. "Mature" regularly appears parallel to the 57 COMMENTARY "aristocratic" qualities "rich," "powerful," "of noble birth" (see 1:26) as indicators of the "immortality" or understanding of divine things obtained from a close relationship with Sophia, often characterized as a heavenly figure (Horsley 1977; 1978b).

8-9; Somn. 10-11) show that it formed a whole pattern of religious devotion focused on Sophia. Although the spiritual-psychic distinction does not appear there, the synonymous term "mature/perfect" in contrast with a mere "infant" refers to the exalted spiritual status achieved by one who receives or is devoted to Sophia. "Mature" regularly appears parallel to the 57 COMMENTARY "aristocratic" qualities "rich," "powerful," "of noble birth" (see 1:26) as indicators of the "immortality" or understanding of divine things obtained from a close relationship with Sophia, often characterized as a heavenly figure (Horsley 1977; 1978b).

While clearly discerning that the effect of Paul's arguments is to reinforce certain traditional patriarchal patterns, this suggestive recent approach cannot account for all of the distinctive language in 1 Corinthians and important issues in the "rhetorical situation" that Paul's arguments address. The approach followed here will attempt to take the Corinthian beliefs and behavior addressed in all sections of 1 Corinthians into account and to understand them in the particular context of the social-cultural ethos of first-century Corinth.

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