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Title: Paul's Reasoning in 1 Corinthians 6,12-20
Author(s): LAMBRECHT, Jan
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 85    Issue: 4   Date: 2009   
Pages: 479-486
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.85.4.2044771

Abstract :
In 'The Roots of a ‘Libertine’ Slogan in 1 Corinthians 6,18' Jay E. Smith defends the thesis that according to some believers in Corinth the physical body is morally irrelevant. This brief note examines Paul’s reasoning in 6,12-20. Paul distinguishes between 'lawful' and 'beneficial' in v. 12ab and thus limits 12a. The general statement of v. 12c no longer remains true; it is corrected by 12d. In vv. 13-14 he opposes 'body' to 'stomach' and 'God raises' to 'God destroys'. V. 18c contains a correction of the general rule of 18b. Paul does not explicitly say that the statements in vv. 12a, 12c, 13a and 18b – or any of them – are Corinthian slogans.

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