3. Paul and the Corinthian Believers

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Craig S. Keener

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch3

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Keener, C. S. (2011) Paul and the Corinthian Believers, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch3

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. Palmer Theological Seminary, Eastern University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • Paul and the Corinthian Believers;
  • Luke, providing additional information - about Paul and the Corinthians in the book of Acts;
  • Paul's relationship with the Corinthian believers;
  • Acts independently complementing 1–2 Corinthians;
  • Corinth in Paul's Day - Corinth, a strategic center for Paul's mission;
  • widespread use of Greek, among intellectuals in Rome - facilitating Paul's ministry beyond the synagogue;
  • Paul, the Corinthian church's primary founder - a role he would not cede to others;
  • Paul's first departure, despite Paul's lengthy stay - after his departure, problems arising, not being anticipated;
  • 2 Corinthians, examining a question regarding 2 Corinthians - before surveying the letter itself;
  • Paul, noting a vision - the sort of experience many of his contemporaries respected


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Our Sources

  • Corinth in Paul's Day

  • Paul Visits Corinth

  • After Paul's First Departure

  • More Problems with Corinth

  • 2 Corinthians

  • The Aftermath of 2 Corinthians

  • References