Early Christian Origins: Studies in Honor of Harold R. Willoughby

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VI
HELLENISTIC ELEMENTS IN I CORINTHIANS

Robert M. Grant UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Anyone who deals seriously with the problem of Christian origins is likely to be impressed by the extent to which the gospel treasure is contained in earthen vessels--not just in jars like those of Qumran or Nag-Hammadi but in the whole setting provided by the Church's mission to the Greco-Roman world. The earliest Christian documents, the letters of the apostle Paul, clearly indicate the fact that early Christians not only proclaimed the gospel but also thought and argued about it. Indeed, when we consider such a letter as I Corinthians we cannot fail to notice that Paul is rarely content with proclamation (if there is such a thing as purely "kerygmatic" preaching); he discusses the meaning of the gospel in terms comprehensible both to himself and to his readers. He relies on authorities meaningful within the Church alone, such as Old Testament prefigurations and prophecies, the deeds and words of Jesus, his own status as an apostle, and the practices of the universal Church.1 More than that, he appeals to the Corinthians' own understanding of life, to their human wisdom. "I speak as to sensible men; judge for yourselves what I say" (10:15); "judge for yourselves" (11:13). For this reason he uses the question "do you not know?" ten times in this letter and only once elsewhere. Most of the matters the Corinthians ought to be able to understand are derived from Christian teaching, but they are also expected to recognize that "a little yeast raises a whole lump of dough" (5:7), that priests generally eat sacrificial meats (9:13), and that only one runner in a race gets

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On Paul authorities in I Corinthians cf. H. von Campenhausen in Sitzungsberichte der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1957, no. 2.

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