The Influence Of The On The Church Of Corinth

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Looking back in world history, one can notice the high significance that the notion of wisdom had in the interpretations of philosophers and theologians. Most of them imagined wisdom as an ideal form of human knowledge, desired and praised by all. Even the Corinthians were wisdom seekers. As a result, the “secular” Corinth heavily influenced the church in Corinth. The church encouraged attitudes associated with what would presently be called consumerism, postmodernism and audience pleasing rhetoric. This paper will examine how Paul uses this aspect (wisdom), how he sets forth a formative understanding of the cross, a Christomorphic re-definition of the word "spiritual", a four-step analysis towards the hidden wisdom of God, a comparison…show more content…
He made a conscious decision to put the emphasis on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He probably thought about the enormous task to preach the gospel in a city like Corinth. Knowing the need and his own limitations made him weak and afraid. Yet it kept him from the poison of self-reliance, and let God 's strength flow. Paul’s rhetorical depreciation of his person and his oratory so as to highlight the power of God at work in the gospel is reflective of his view that the messenger and the message are as one in the proclamation of the gospel . The word “wisdom”, based on its usage within the bible, can be rendered to its occasional uses in the Old Testament to refer to mechanical dexterity, while its dominant uses within the New Testament generally refers to an attribute of God or as divine knowledge . In the predominant context of the New Testament, the word “wisdom” can be interpreted through the Greek word “Sophia”, which can be rendered as practical wisdom or wisdom personified; the English translation of the word is divine/holy wisdom and was widely used by early churches . Paul uses the word “wisdom” (sophia) several times in chapters 1–3; the word “wisdom” appears sixteen times and “wise” appears ten times hinting on the predominance of the word in these chapters. This suggests that wisdom was fundamentally a Corinthian issue, which Paul was forced to address in a corrective, ad hoc manner. Hence it is reasonable to argue that Paul’s notion of wisdom in
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