Pauls First Epistle to the Corinthians
Of all of Paul s epistles, First Corinthians may resonate the most with Latter,day Saints. Many of its doctrinal
teachings reappear in the Restoration: baptism for the dead, degrees of glory, charity never faileth, the administration
of the sacrament, and others. The counsel Paul gave remains remarkably relevant today because conditions
and attitudes found in ancient Corinth have reemerged in the postmodern Western world. The Corinthian
microcosm was largely a skeptical, materialistic, pluralistic, immoral society whose standards were contrary to
those of the Christian community. The Corinthians questioned God, the Resurrection, and the place of the
Spirit in their lives. Paul was compelled to address such issues in that society, and the result is an epistle highly
germane still today.
This book is the most comprehensive study of First Corinthians that LDS scholars have yet produced. It
relies on the LDS canon of scripture and the teachings of LDS prophets alongside rigorous biblical scholarship
and Paul s original Greek.
Because this commentary relies heavily on the Greek text, the full Greek text is presented along with the King
James Version. It also presents a new rendering of the Greek text that makes the text more understandable to
modern readers. This rendition is set side by side with the King James text for easy comparison. The commentary
contains translation notes and helpful historical and cultural background. The work strives to be as up to
date, comprehensive, scholarly, and doctrinally sound as possible.
Through examining every verse of First Corinthians, the rich theology of the Atonement, grace, the gifts of
the Spirit, the sacrament, love, and resurrection of the dead come alive. Those who read this volume will find
in it faith, hope, and understanding of key principles and doctrines. The text bears a strong witness of the Lord
Jesus Christ and a clear elucidation of his gospel as articulated by the Apostle Paul.