Inscription of the Epistle. Corinth was the most illustrious city of Achaia, abounding in sins. The Church in it was founded by Saint Paul, 1. The Subscript of the Epistle is suspect. It was written at Ephesus, not Philippi, 2. The scandals and Letter of the Corinthians furnished the occasion for writing, 3. The argument of the Epistle, 4. The time of the writing of the same is investigated, 5. Whether another Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians preceded this one? 6. Seven parts of it have been established. I. Rebuke of the Corinthians because of their schisms, and exhortation to preserve unit (1 Corinthians 1-4). II. Rebuke of the same on account of their neglect of discipline in the case of the incestuous man, lawsuits, and impurity of life (1 Corinthians 5, 6). III. Response to their question concerning virginity and celibacy (1 Corinthians 7). IV. Instruction concerning things sacrificed to idols, the dress of women in the Church, and the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 8-11). V. Instruction concerning spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12-14). VI. Confirmation of the Corinthians in the article of the faith concerning the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15). VII. Epilogue of the Epistle (1 Corinthians 16). Interpreters of the Epistle, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic; and also a Synoptic Table, 7.
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