This is a rich letter full of powerful imagery; however, it seems to be a collection of fragments, lacking a theme of a theological argument or addressing a particular issue. This makes understanding Paul’s message to the Corinthians challenging to understand.
Fortunately, this study is a great help to the learner. Pay particular attention to the material titled, “Introduction”. The description of the likely segmentation into the fragments is the first step in delving into this writing. Then, analyzing the “situating” of the fragments in the timeline of Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian community can be very helpful in making sense of Paul’s communication with them.
This approach gives you an opportunities to understand a complex writing as a look into Paul’s emotional attachment to the Corinthians and his passionate understanding of the gospel of Christ.
Introduction to the Course
Week 1: The Fool's Vision
Week 2: Visions
Week 3: Conciliation
Week 4: Triumphal Processions
Week 5: Clay Vessels
Week 6: The Ministry Reconciliation
Week 7: Interpolation
Week 8: Fundraising