1 Corinthians 8-13 New Testament – 2023 Lesson 35 August 28-September 3, 2023


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This is a commentary on 1 Corinthians 8-13 the text for Lesson 35 in the Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families manual for 2023. This is the second of three lessons on 1 Corinthians. That three lessons are devoted to one letter is an indication of the doctrinal depth present in this letter. This lesson begins with a discussion that has some interesting implications for our observance of the Word of Wisdom. Paul moved on to a discussion of individual rights in the context of our responsibilities to our sisters and brothers in the gospel—a unusual perspective in these days of everyone’s insistence on their rights. Next came a sports metaphor—a rhetorical move that hasn’t dimmed over the centuries. Chapter ten has a very important metaphor found in the ordinance of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper concerning unity. Then we’ll discuss hair and beards and reflect on our day and Paul’s times. Gender issues are then broached where we barely dare tread in these times. Paul has a useful take on gender differences. He talked about reverence at sacrament meetings which gives some insights that might be relevant to us. He gave the foundational description of spiritual gifts and their function in creating the unity of the body of Christ. Then he concluded with the definitive extended explanation and exposition of charity—the pure love of Christ.

This lesson concludes with two appendices—elements which can be excised without impairing the function of the lesson. The first wonders about Mormon’s use of the material in 1 Corinthians 13 in the Book of Mormon—was it clumsy plagiarism by Joseph Smith? Or is there another plausible explanation? The second is a relevant Hindu story from the Bhagavad Gita—part of the epic Hindu scripture the Mahabharata. pp.42


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