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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

F. Outline.

  • Prescript ( 1:1–3 )

  • Thanksgiving ( 1:4–9 )

    • Appeal for Unity and for Re-evaluation of Paul's Ministry ( 1:10–4:21 )
    • The Absurdity of Party Groups ( 1:10–17 )
    • The Message of the Cross, its Recipients and Proper Medium ( 1:18–2:5 )
    • True Wisdom for Spiritual, not Bickering, Christians ( 2:6–3:4 )
    • Models of Leadership in the Church ( 3:5–4:5 )
    • Paul's Apostolic Style and Authority ( 4:6–21 )
  • Sexual and Related Issues ( 5:1–7:40 )

    • Expulsion of an Immoral Member of the Church ( 5:1–13 )
    • The Absurdity of Using Corinthian Courts ( 6:1–11 )
    • Immorality and the Significance of the Body ( 6:12–20 )
    • Celibacy and Marriage ( 7:1–40 )
  • Sacrificial Food and the Dangers of Idolatry ( 8:1–11:1 )

    • Debate with the ‘Knowledgeable’ concerning their ‘Right’ to Eat ( 8:1–13 )
    • Paul's Example in Renouncing the ‘Right’ to Financial Support ( 9:1–23 )
    • The Dangers of Complacency in relation to Idolatry ( 9:24–10:22 )
    • Practical Guidelines on Eating and Avoiding Offence ( 10:23–11:1 )
  • Issues Relating to Communal Meetings ( 11:2–14:40 )

    • Praying and Prophesying with Proper Head-Covering ( 11:2–16 )
    • Humiliation of Church Members at the Lord's Supper ( 11:17–34 )
    • The Distribution of Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ ( 12:1–31 )
    • The Superior and Critical Demands of Love ( 13:1–13 )
    • The Superiority of Prophecy over Tongues ( 14:1–40 )
  • The Resurrection of Christ and the Resurrection Body ( 15:1–58 )

  • Letter Closing, with Travel Plans, Final Instructions, and Greetings ( 16:1–24 )

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