Archive for June, 2020

The importance of marriage 1 Corinthians chapter 7, 3-4

June 30, 2020

30th June 2020

1 Corinthians chapter 7 verse 3

3 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:3

Paul follows through good Jewish advice.  The word fulfil here is ‘didomi’ obviously in in terms of conjugal rights.  Both parties are supposed to show affection and love to the other in the physical form.  Maybe render would be a good word here.  Conjugal rights are equal on both the mans and the woman’s side.

1 Corinthians chapter 7 verse 4



4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise, also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 1 Corinthians 7:4

There are equal rights on both sides of the gender divide.

Chiasmus continued 1 Corinthians chapter 7, 1-15

June 29, 2020

29th June 2020

I think this is a good overview of the structure as it tells us what some of the main themes are.  It also shows that these themes are important because most of them cover the same ground twice! Obviously.

A: Separation. B: Don’t deprive. C: As Paul does. D: Difference of each life.

So, the centre of this chiasmus is that everyone has a particular gift…

What could that gift be? Is that person already married? Is that person not already married? Is the person married? Not married? Does the person have self-control? Does the person not have self-control?

These are serious and interesting questions for all Christians not only the Corinthians.  So, let us go beyond the greater chiasmus and I am sure there are many more (there are) and start to look at the nitty gritty details!

A Chiasmus in Pauls writing, 1 Corinthians chapter 7, 1-15

June 28, 2020

28th June 2020

Verse 3 with a chiasmus that starts at 1 and ends at 15.

3 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:3

When looking at 1 Corinthians it is interesting that here Paul agrees with Jewish opinion on marriage.  C.K. Barrett also says there is a chiasmus literary tool being used here.  I don’t want to go to great deal,

 but I found this…

[9]Directions concerning marriage  1 Cor 7:1-16)
     A(7:1-4)    7:1 It is a good thing for a man not to touch a woman (7:1)       B(7:5)       7:5 Do not deprive each other (7:5)          C(7:6-7a)          7:7 Indeed, I wish everyone to be as I am (7:7)             D(7:7b)             7:7 each has a particular gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. (7:7)          C'(7:8-9)          7:8 it is a good thing for them to remain as they are, as I do,(7:8)       B'(7:10-11)       7:10 a wife should not separate from her husband (7:10)    A'(7:12-16)    7:15 If the unbeliever separates, however, let him separate (7:15)
   A: Separation. B: Don’t deprive. C: As Paul does. D: Difference of each life.

Immoralities 1Corinthians Chapter 7 verses 1-2

June 27, 2020

27th June 2020

Verses 1 -2 continued

1 Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:1-2

Immoralities here means sexual immoralities.  You shouldn’t be surprised with this after all the spadework we did.   If I was to read verse one the mirror of this would be that many of the Corinthians just did not have self-control.  There are men that do have self-control but not all men.  What type of man or woman is he or she when it comes to self-control? If you are a pastor or minister of a church; How do you deal with these situations in your own church?

We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians chapter 7 verse 1

June 26, 2020

26th June 2020

1 Corinthians chapter 7 verses 1 -2.

So, having done some background spadework don’t be surprised that Paul in 1 Corinthians 6 verse 19 says that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. We are servants of our Deity.  This temple we live in was bought in the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross and the Holy Spirit the second person of the Trinity indwells us.   


The Capricious Lifestyle of Corinth

June 25, 2020

I think it is an interesting read… There was not any aspect of human activity that was out of bounds from the gods and goddesses at Corinth… Even though Corinth had the stamp of Julius Caesar on it, it never lost its Grecian appeal.  So then if the gods and goddesses could be capricious (“given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour.” from Google search.)  What then of people who lived in Corinth.  Obviously, they would follow their object/s of worship and behave in the same type of way.  However, there were current of society that pulled in the opposite direction such as Judaism that had strict moral laws in place. 

So as background to 1 Corinthians chapter 7 it is interesting what Barclay says “ We have already seen that in Greek thought there was strong tendency to despise the body and the things of the body; and that that tendency could issue in a position where men said, “The body is utterly unimportant; therefore we can do what we like with it and it makes no difference if we allow its appetites to have their fullest play.” But that very tendency could issue in a precisely opposite point of view. It could move a man to say, “The body is evil; therefore we must bring it into subjection; therefore we must completely obliterate, and if that is not possible, we must completely deny, all the instincts and desires which are natural to it.” It is that second way of looking at things with which Paul is dealing here. The Corinthians, or at least some of them, had suggested that, if a man was going to be a Christian in the fullest sense of the term, he must have done with physical things and must refuse to marry altogether.

Isis the Egyptian goddess and Aphrodite the Cyprian goddess of love and beauty at Corinth

June 24, 2020
Isis Egyptian goddessIsis is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. She was known as the goddess of the moon. As goddess of life and magic, Isis protected women and children, and healed the sick. Closely linked to the throne, she was one of the greatest goddesses of Ancient Egypt.  
AphroditeGreek Goddess of Love, Beauty & Eternal Youth Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love and Beauty and according to Hesiod’s Theogony, she was born from the foam in the waters of Paphos, on the island of Cyprus. She supposedly arose from the foam when the Titan Cronus slew his father Uranus and threw his genitals into the sea. However, according to Homer, in Iliad, Aphrodite may instead be the daughter of Zeus and Dione. As with so many Greek deities, there are many stories about the origins of the gods.  

Hercules and the Roman god Jupiter in Corinth

June 23, 2020
HerculesHeracles the semi-god  was the most popular Greek hero ever. He was known for his exceptional strength, even surpassing many gods, as well as for his courage, his appetite for wine, food and sexuality with both women and men. It was also believed that despite his ingenuity in several of his quests, he lacked a fair amount of intelligence. He was very passionate, short-tempered and emotional individual, although many comic playwrights described him as primitive, brutal and violent in their games. Heracles was the kind of person who would often get into trouble but was then also determined to resolve the issues and make things right. Actually, many of his good deeds came from solving his trouble. The most famous of these are the twelve labours. After completing many more deeds than anyone else and gained favours by the gods, Heracles eventually ascended to Mount Olympus upon his death in the mortal world.  
Jupiter The roman god = ZeusJupiter, also known as Jove, is the god of sky and thunder, as well as the king of gods in Ancient Roman Mythology. Jupiter is the top god of the Roman pantheon. Jupiter was considered the chief deity of Roman state religion during the Republican and Imperial eras until Christianity became the dominant religion. Zeus is Jupiter’s equivalent in Greek Mythology. The two share the same features and characteristics.

Athena and Hera at Corinth

June 22, 2020
gods/godessesCharacteristics and what roles they played.
AthenaAthena, also referred to as Athene, is a very important goddess of many things. She is goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.  
HeraHera is the Queen of the Gods and is the wife and sister of Zeus in the Olympian pantheon. She is known for being the Goddess of Marriage & Birth. Despite being the Goddess of Marriage, she was known to be jealous and vengeful towards the many lovers and offspring of her husband Zeus.  

Poseidon and Apollo at Corinth

June 21, 2020
god/goddessCharacteristics and what roles they played.
PoseidonGod of the sea.  He was very moody Poseidon Poseidon pōsī´dən [key], in Greek religion and mythology, god of the sea, protector of all waters. After the fall of the Titans , Poseidon was allotted the sea. He was worshiped especially in connection with navigation; but as the god of fresh waters he also was worshiped as a fertility god.
Poseidons temple can still be seen in Corinth    
ApolloAPOLLON (Apollo) was the Olympian god of prophecy and oracles, music, song and poetry, archery, healing, plague and disease, and the protection of the young.