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First Corinthians (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching)


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Paul's first letter to the Corinthians was addressed originally to a fledgling mission church in Corinth. Paul's absence from the church had allowed serious problems to arise within the Corinthian community, but the problems that he addresses in this letter do not always seem based in explicitly theological ideas. The brilliance of Paul, though, is that he frames the issues theological terms and reflects on them in the light of the gospel.

Hays identifies and discusses the major theological themes of the letter, as well as issues such as community formation and the rethinking of inherited socio-cultural norms and practices, and he offers Paul as a model for ministry.

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  • Title: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching First Corinthians
  • Author: Richard B. Hays
  • Publisher: John Knox Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 299

Richard B. Hays (born May 4, 1948) is Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. His service as dean is for an intentional interim period while a national search is conducted. Hays received his B. A in English literature from Yale College and Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph. D from Emory University.


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  1. Peter Walde

    Peter Walde


  2. T.C. Hadden

    T.C. Hadden


    His convoluted effort to navigate I Corinthians 11 alone is astounding to me as it lacks the level of scholarship one would assume comes with this commentary. He presents one interpretation for women and hair and completely ignores men and hair, especially since his interpretation would fall short when trying to use the same explanation he uses for the women. Furthermore, he obviously holds a view of inspiration that places quite a bit of what Paul writes as "personal" and not divinely inspired. Example:" Here, regrettably, Paul gets himself into a theological quagmire" Hays, R. B. (1997). First Corinthians (p. 186). Louisville, KY: John Knox Press.

  3. Garrett Tyson

    Garrett Tyson


    I can't imagine trying to teach through 1 Corinthians without this one. Judiciously uses Bruce Winter, among others, and has a knack for getting at what's important, and focusing on what's important. More importantly, he actually moves you spiritually, in a way that some others definitely don't.

  4. PaulC



    Great exegetical commentary that gets you into and out of the text without being as heavy as Word Biblical or Anchor...

  5. David Beth-El

    David Beth-El


  6. Nijay Gupta

    Nijay Gupta




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