Corinthian Correspondences: Letters to Corinth in Early Christianity
What were the earliest Corinthian Christians like? Letters from St Paul and Bishop Clement of Rome provide glimpses. Archaeological, demographic and other literary evidence can be combined to illuminate this fascinating group and their lives within this famous city.
The Apostle Paul wrote at greater length, at least in terms of what survives, to the churches in Corinth than to any other group or individual. This study day will look in detail at 1 and 2 Corinthians, as well as at the city itself from archeological and demographic studies, for a better understanding of these early Corinthian believers and their context. What evidence about the city and its new Christian community can be gleaned from the letters themselves? The epistle known as 1 Clement, addressed by the Bishop of Rome to the Christians in Corinth in the second century, will also be discussed, along with the letter of 3rd Corinthians from the pseudipigraphal Acts of Paul. How do the city and the church therein develop in the post-apostolic period? Finally, what do early Christian authors have to say about the city in their commentaries on Paul’s letters?
10.00am Patrons, clients and apostles
11.35am Old habits die hard
2.00pm Later letters to the Corinthian church
3.45pm Corinth and the Corinthian correspondence in early Christian interpretation
5.00pm Course disperses
1 and 2 Corinthians
3 Corinthians (from Acts of Paul)
Fragments from Dionysius of Corinth
Handouts of selected patristic commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians
Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £67.00
Baguette lunch: £4.90
Full lunch: £14.00
Dr Griffith is an Associate Member of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford and a member of Wolfson College, specialising in early Christianity and patristics.
Jonathan Norton specialises in early Jewish and Christian writings. He has lectured in the University of London for over twelve years.
Director of Studies
The Revd. Canon Robin Gibbons is Director of Studies for Theology and Religious Studies at OUDCE. He is a member of the Theology and Religion Faculty, Regents Park College and an Honoraray Canon of Christ Church Oxford.
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