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Dr. J. Vernon McGee :: Notes for 1 Corinthians

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DATE: A.D. 55-57 (more likely 57)

PLACE: Ephesus

SUBJECT: The Lordship of Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2, 3, 7-10)

BACKGROUND: Carnal Corinth was the sin center of the Roman Empire in Paul’s day. It was labeled “Vanity Fair.” Its location was about 40 miles west of Athens on a narrow isthmus between Peloponnesus and the mainland. It was the great commercial center of the Roman Empire with three harbors, of which two were important — Lechaeum, about 1 1/2 miles to the west, and Cenchreae, about 8 1/2 miles to the east.

196 B.C.   Rome declared it a free city.
146 B.C.   It rebelled and was totally destroyed by Mummius, the consul.
  46 B.C.   Julius Caesar rebuilt the city in great elegance, restoring it to its former prominence.

However, even its ruins were lost to history for many years, and a fishing village was built over them. In 1928, an earthquake uncovered them, and now much of the city has been excavated.
The temple of Aphrodite, built on the Acrocorinthus, was attended by 1,000 priestesses of vice, actually nothing more than prostitutes. The city was given over to licentiousness and pleasure. The Isth-mian games were conducted here.
Against this corrupt background, Paul preached the gospel in Corinth, founded the church, and wrote two epistles to the church at Corinth: 1 and 2 Corinthians. (Read Acts 18:1-18 for the account of Paul’s visit to Corinth.)

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