1 Corinthians: Historical Context and Date of Writing

             The following passage from 1Corinthians 10:31 has several different areas that explain the meaning such as: The setting of the passage, the historical context and date of the writings, the major theological theme or themes, to whom the passage was historically written, the characters in the passage, and after reading, my own opinions about the passage. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.” Up until a while ago, I never would have thought that one phrase could have such a large meaning in a person's life.

             The setting of the passage of 1Corinthians 10:31 is in Corinth, which was located on a very constricted isthmus or peninsula of land. Also the capital of Greece, Corinth was the main area for the commercial and exceptionally resourceful lives of the Greek. . The city attracted tradesmen, businessmen, artists, philosophers, and several different types of people from all around the world. The Jewish residents at one time built a large synagogue in Corinth to worship God. Corinth was the center of trade in the Mediterranean, and also had a reputation of luxury along with the sacred prostitution and sexual vice.

             The date and historical context along with the varied audience targeted in 1Corinthians is and interesting story in itself. The church in Corinth was established by Paul between 45 A.D. - 60A.D., during and eighteen month stay on his second missionary journey. Written by Paul, this letter was to resolve problems that had recently risen in the newly established church in Corinth. . The Corinthians were proud of there knowledge and considered themselves to be spiritually mature. Corinth was primarily a Roman colony and many of its citizens emigrated from Italy. Greeks, Levantines, Jew, Romans, Greeks, slaves and aristocrats significantly enlarged the population. .

             The major themes and issues of the passage relate to other characters in this passage.

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