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Topical Studies in 1 Corinthians
This was a letter written by the apostle Paul to the church in the city of Corinth. Corinth was a major Greek port city boasting thousands of people. As such, it had several classes of people similar to any major United States city today. As heirs of Greek culture, philosophers and people of eloquence were held in the highest regard. They had a strong appreciation for learning and wisdom. As a large city, (perhaps some 100,000 people or more) sin was rampant and temptations for worldly pleasures were strong. As a port city, large groups of diverse people were in close proximity creating conflict in values. They let the worldly Corinthian culture determine the values of the church.
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