Corinthians


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to Corinthians: 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians

Corinthians

(kərĭn`thēənz), two letters of the New Testament. They were written to the church at Corinth by PaulPaul, Saint,
d. A.D. 64? or 67?, the apostle to the Gentiles, b. Tarsus, Asia Minor. He was a Jew. His father was a Roman citizen, probably of some means, and Paul was a tentmaker by trade. His Jewish name was Saul.
..... Click the link for more information.
 whose stay in Corinth is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. First Corinthians, written probably at Ephesus early in A.D. 55, is one of the longest and most important epistles. It shows Paul applying his understanding of the gospel to various problems in the church at Corinth. The first main part attacks factionalism at Corinth, giving as its remedy the mystery of the Cross and showing the true nature of Christian ministry. Paul then condemns several practices—incest, litigation among Christians, and fornication. He answers questions on marriage and celibacy, on the scandal involved in eating meat previously offered in pagan sacrifices, and on the veiling of women in church. The rest of the epistle contains five passages all related to congregational life at Corinth—the institution of the Eucharist; teaching concerning the body of Christ, i.e., Christian believers conceived as a corporate entity; an eloquent panegyric on Christian love; the use of spiritual gifts among believers; and a chapter reiterating Paul's teaching on the resurrection of the body, a contentious issue at Corinth. The letter closes with a discussion of practical plans. Second Corinthians is shorter, written shortly after First Corinthians. In its present form it is quite possibly an amalgam of separate letters or literary fragments. Paul sees fit to defend his preaching—weak though such work seems to be—as the very power of God for the reconciliation of the world. He is concerned with the collection of monetary aid for poor Christians of Jerusalem. Paul urges this course of action not only to alleviate need but as a demonstration of the reconciliation of Jew and Gentile. The last portion of the letter contains a defense of the apostle's mission, citing his authority and recounting incidents in his life as an apostle in ironic terms, in satiric mimicry of rhetorical conventions of the day. The announcement of an impending visit of the apostle to Corinth ends the book.

Bibliography

See W. Schmithals, Gnosticism in Corinth (tr. 1971); R. P. Martin, 2 Corinthians (1986); G. D. Fee, The First Epistle to the Corinthians (1987).

References in periodicals archive ?
Furthermore, Corinthians kept three clean sheets away from home on their way to last year's final, and 7-2 to win tonight's game to nil looks a good bet.
It won't be easy for Vasco to do their bit, and while Corinthians may not require a positive result against Palmeiras the table-toppers still look worth backing at 4-5 to come out on top and seal the title in style in this eagerly-anticipated Paulista derby-day dust-up.
Paul's perspective here is almost antithetical to that of 1 Corinthians, which is characterized by God's apocalyptic judgment of the present evil world.
The bookings make-up in last season's Brazilian league game between Corinthians and Vasco was 60.
Corinthians, who qualified for the Brazilian post-season by topping the 21-game league competition before defeating Guarani, Sao Paulo and Atletico Mineiro in the play-offs to lift the national championship, are cracking value at 5-4 if one rates them superior to Real.
The Corinthians who were involved had two arguments.
If Vasco, neither at full strength nor fully wound-up for last week's friendly, scored four against Raja, how many goals will Corinthians, whose midfield contains two master craftsmen in Freddy Rincon and Vampeta, bag tonight?
The other essays deal with particular themes or texts in the Pauline corpus, especially the Corinthian correspondence, in terms of the religious and social milieu in which Paul worked.
And a vastly-experienced Corinthians, with the likes of Jadson, Renato and Elias running the show, ought to overpower them.
Just how quickly they picked up the game became obvious to Morgan-Owen when he returned with the Corinthians in 1913.
Corinthians is Brazil's second most popular club behind Flamengo and has five national titles, but had never had much success internationally until Wednesday.
Summary: Carlos Tevez's plans to leave Manchester City are in tatters after Corinthians pulled the plug on his Au40 million move.