Paul and Jesus: The True Story

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14 What does 1 Corinthians tell us about
Paul and Jesus?
When it comes to 1 Corinthians we do not need a detective (or a sniffer dog!) to find out that Paul had taught the Corinthians a lot about Jesus. He tells us openly that he did so.
The resurrection
For example, in the passage we have just been discussing about the resurrection of the dead, Paul says:I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received. […] I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. For I am the least of the apostles[.]' (15.1–9)Here we notice three things straight away:
1. Paul quite specifically says that the good news as he preached it has the story of Jesus at its heart; specifically he says that he passed on traditions of Jesus' death and resurrection to the Corinthians.
2. He says that he also 'received' them, which arguably takes us right back to the time of his conversion in the early 30s.
3. 'Receiving' and 'passing on' are probably technical terms such as were used by the Jewish rabbis to refer to the systematic teaching and learning of traditions.

So Paul gave great importance in his preaching of the gospel to the death and resurrection of Jesus, which is, of course, exactly what Matthew, Mark, Luke and John do in their accounts of Jesus.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Part 1: Beginnings 1
  • 1: Before Paul Met Jesus 3
  • 2: The Big Bang! 9
  • 3: New Directions 19
  • 4: Antioch 26
  • Part 2 - Missionary Journeys and Letters 37
  • 5: Travels in and around Calaíta 39
  • 6: What Is Going on in Galatians? 49
  • 7: What Does Galatians Tell Us about Paul and Jesus? 60
  • 8: Travelling in Greece 77
  • 9: What Is Going on in 1 Thessalonians? 91
  • 10: What Does Thessalonians Tell Us about Paul and Jesus? 96
  • 11: A Look at 2 Thessalonians 111
  • 12: Travelling on to Ephesus 121
  • 13: What Is Going on in 7 Corinthians? 127
  • 14: What Does 1 Corinthians Tell Us about Paul and Jesus? 143
  • Part 3 - Finishing the Story 169
  • 15: And So on 171
  • 16: The True Story 179
  • Index of Biblical References 189
  • Index of Subjects 193
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