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- 1 Summary
- 2 Historical setting
- 3 Discussion
- 4 Points to ponder
- 5 I have a question
- 6 Relation to other scriptures
- 7 Complete outline and page map
- 8 Resources
- 9 Notes
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Story. First Corinthians covers a series of topics to the new congregation at Corinth. Some topics, like Paul's discussion of marriage (7:1), are clearly written in response to a letter from the members at Corinth. Others, like his discussion of contention (1:11), are clearly based on on reports he has received about conditions at Corinth. These topics can be grouped into seven general categories as follows:
- Chapters 1-4: Contention.
- Chapters 5-7: Chastity and marriage.
- Chapters 8-10: Meat sacrificed to idols.
- Chapter 11: Regulation of meetings.
- Chapters 12-14: Spiritual gifts.
- Chapter 15: The Gospel of the Resurrection.
- Chapter 16: Administrative matters.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in First Corinthians include:
Relationship to New Testament. The relationship of First Corinthians to the New Testament as a whole is discussed at New Testament: Organization.
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Points to ponder
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I have a question
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Relation to other scriptures
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- The relationship of First Corinthians to the rest of the New Testament in general is addressed at New Testament: Organization.
Joseph Smith Translation
The Joseph Smith Translation made changes to the following verses in First Corinthians. This list is complete:
- 1 Cor 1:1, 4-5, 10, 12, 24, 26-28
- 1 Cor 2:11
- 1 Cor 3:2, 15
- 1 Cor 4:2, 4-5
- 1 Cor 5:3-4, 12
- 1 Cor 6:12, 18
- 1 Cor 7:1-2, 5-6, 9, 11, 26, 28-34, 36, 38
- 1 Cor 8:4
- 1 Cor 9:24
- 1 Cor 10:11, 20, 23-24, 27, 33
- 1 Cor 11:10, 19-21, 29
- 1 Cor 12:1, 31
- 1 Cor 14:2, 4, 13-14, 19, 27, 34-35
- 1 Cor 15:10-24, 26-27, 31, 37, 40, 46, 52
- 1 Cor 16:9, 20
Complete outline and page map
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- • salutation (1:1-9)
- • questions: (1) Is Christ divided? (2) Was Paul crucified? (3) Were you baptized in Paul? (1:10-13)
- • answer: (3) you were baptized in name of Christ, not Paul (1:14-17a)
- • answer: (2) preach Christ crucified, preach by the Spirit, and preach milk not meat (1:17b-3:4)
- • answer: (1) laborers should all work together in Christ (3:5-4:7)
- • travel plans (4:18-21)
• Topic 3: "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me" regarding marriage (7:1)
- • divorce and marriage to unbelievers (7:1-24)
• Topic 4: "Now concerning virgins ..." (7:25)
- • marriage (7:25-40)
- • sacrificed meats and pagan feasts (8:1-13)
- • pagan feasts and sacrificed meats (10:14-33)
- • head coverings to be worn by women when praying and prophesying (11:1-16)
• Topic 7: "When ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you ..." (11:18)
- • Last Supper is to be partaken worthily and not as a meal (11:17-34)
- A. gifts of the Spirit (12:1-30)
- B. faith, hope, and charity (12:31-14:1)
- A. gifts of tongues and prophecy (14:2-40)
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- Amplified • The Amplified Bible, 1987 update
- NASB • New American Standard Bible, 1995 update
- NIV • New International Version
- NRSV • New Revised Standard Version
- RSV • Revised Standard Version
- Wayment, Thomas A., ed. The Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 2005. (ISBN 1590384393) BX8630 .A2 2005.
Footnotes are not required but are encouraged for factual assertions that average readers cannot easily evaluate for themselves, such as the date of King Solomon’s death or the nuanced definition of a Greek word. In contrast, insights rarely benefit from footnoting, and the focus of this page should always remain on the scriptures themselves rather than what someone has said about them. Links are actively encouraged on all sections of this page, and links to authoritative sources are preferable to footnotes.
- Wayment, The Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament, p. 267-74.