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Week 21: The Epistles of Paul, Part 2

1 Corinthians 1–14

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21 March 2019

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  • The KJV’s use of “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” (1 Corinthians 6:9) are not helpful to modern readers. For an explanation of these what these terms meant to Greeks in Paul’s time, see, “Paul's Malakos: Its Evolution from Classical Greece Through the Roman World.” (This article contains discussion of ancient Greek sexual practices that may make some readers uncomfortable.)
  • Paul’s counsel to women to cover their heads when praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:2–16) may also have connections to the ancient Greek view of sexuality. See this summary of Troy W. Martin, “Paul’s Argument from Nature for the Veil in 1 Corinthians 11:13–15: A Testicle Instead of a Head Covering,” Journal of Biblical Literature 123, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 75–84.