Friday, June 22, 2012

A new book that caught my attention

'Hand this man over to Satan'Curse, Exclusion and Salvation in 1 Corinthians 5 by David Raymond Smith. If it weren’t £70 … but the TOC and preview texts are quite gripping.
Smith concludes: "Ultimately, we will suggest that Paul commands the Corinthians to exclude the errant man from the church in Corinth. Following his expulsion, Paul anticipates that physical suffering and death will ensue. Despite experiencin death as the result of this 'curse', the man will yet be saved at the End" (2)
If I remember rightly,Thiselton’s brilliant commentary argues that i[na to. pneu/ma swqh/| refers simply to the spirit, not that of the man, and so the spirit of the church is " saved on the day of the Lord" - but I may have misremembered this. Either way, 1 Corinthians 5:5 is a fascinating passage.

2 Comments:

At 7/03/2012 6:52 AM, Blogger Edward T. Babinski said...

In the same letter Paul also expressed his view that "many of you are ill and some have fallen asleep" because God was judging them with illnesses and death.

 
At 8/03/2012 4:48 AM, Blogger James Goetz said...

The teaching in 1 Cor 5 on church discipline is important, but I could in no way agree with Smith that Paul taught about excommunication resulting in physical death, regardelss that Paul did warn that some died from excessive inconsideration during communion meals.

 

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