Download a printer friendly copy of this table here. He had a slave named Onesimus who ran away. In the second letter, Paul expresses his joy at the news, just received from Titus, that the Corinthians had repented, that his (Paul’s) authority among them had been reaffirmed, and that the troublemaker had been punished. All Rights Reserved, Encouraging Letter written to infant church – new converts, Clarification regarding Christ’s second coming, Damage control; addresses many issues & misconduct, Deeper/Theological look at process of Salvation; Christian Living, Combat Judaizers & Promote Christian Living (Fruits of the Spirit), Unity of the Body of Christ – “Together” “One” – Armor of God, Christ’s supremacy & head of church; Christian Living, Encouraging letter; contentment, spiritual perspective, Plea on behalf of run-away slave; type/shadow for Christ and us, Christ is superior to all beings; Christianity better than old law, Equip Timothy to teach the church – Elder/Deacon Qualifications, Qualifications of Elders/ Jobs of old/young Women & Men, Paul’s farewell; encourage Timothy to keep the Church going. Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? On the whole, these epistles tend to deal with three general issues: 1. Presumably, he sent a fellow worker, St. Titus, to deliver the letter to the community at Corinth. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... St. Paul the Apostle writing his epistles. Logistics: specific instructions, greetings, etc.Paul’s writings on application are usually rather general. Damage control; addresses many issues & misconduct. Strangely, Onesimus ministered to Paul while the apostle was imprisoned in Rome. Summary. Application: what Christians should do with doctrine 3. Updates? After expressing his happiness and relief, Paul urges the Corinthians to respond generously to his plea for contributions to assist the poor of Jerusalem. Because these letters are older than any of the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, they constitute the most reliable source that we have today for information concerning the early history of the Christian … Letters of Paul to the Corinthians, also called Epistles of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, abbreviation Corinthians, either of two New Testament letters, or epistles, addressed by St.Paul the Apostle to the Christian community that he had founded at Corinth, Greece. His letter to the Romans is no doubt St. Paul’s … The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, probably written about 53–54 ce at Ephesus, Asia Minor, deals with problems that arose in the early years after Paul’s initial missionary visit (c. 50–51) to Corinth and his establishment there of a Christian community. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Letter-of-Paul-to-the-Corinthians, The Catholic Encyclopedia - Epistles to the Corinthians. To members of the community quarreling about the nature and distribution of spiritual gifts, Paul replies that jealousy among those working in the Spirit of God is as irrational as jealousy between the eye and the ear: both are essential to the well-being of the body as a whole. However, the contested letters may have been written using Paul's name, as it was common to attribute at that point in history. Some scholars view these chapters as a misplaced part of another letter to the Corinthians, thus supporting the speculation about the loss of some intervening communication. Omissions? The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians and The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians are the seventh and eighth books of the New Testament canon.