What would you do?

1 and 2 CorinthiansIn his recently published International Study Guide on 1 & 2 Corinthians J. Ayodeji Adewuya offers a contemporary case study reflecting his discussion of food sacrificed to idols in 1 Cor. 8:1-11:1.

Deji is a Christian and has a sister who is married to a Muslim. He happened to visit his sister during one of the religious festivals. He witnessed the slaughtering of the ram that was accompanied with some recitation. It was time to eat and he suddenly found himself in an awkward situation. If he did not eat, he risked offending his sister and brother-in-law. More importantly, he thought he might shut the door on every opportunity to present the gospel to them. On the other hand, he thought that his participation would amount to a validation of their practice. What should he do?

What would you do?

This provided an excellent discussion in a recent 3rd year class here at Redcliffe. Different views were expressed representing various home contexts, including one student sharing about how this is an issue he confronts often when visiting his family.

It’s fine to contextualise issues for the West (what are our idols: celebrity, success, progress, cheap goods, etc.) but let’s not consign the live issues discussed in the Bible as just happening then. Of course there are nuances and differences in contemporary intercultural contexts, but we in the West need to remember that sometimes an idol is an idol.

1 Corinthians commentaries on Google books

This semester Redcliffe’s third years on the BA(hons) in Applied Theology can choose a module on 1 Corinthians. We’ll be getting really stuck in to the biblical text over the coming weeks and thinking hard about how the letter relates to our participation in God’s mission today.

Google books has a surprising number of good commentaries available to read. You can’t usually read the whole thing but with the size of some of the volumes, even a limited preview is well worthwhile!

Here are some links:

1-2 Corinthians by Craig Keener (NCBC series)

The First Epistle to the Corinthians by Gordon Fee (NICNT series)

The First Epistle to the Corinthians: a commentary on the Greek text by Anthony Thiselton (NIGNT series)

1 Corinthians: a shorter exegetical and pastoral commentary by Anthony Thiselton

First Corinthians by Richard Hays (Interpretation series)

1 Corinthians by James Dunn (T. & T. CLark Guides series)

1 Corinthians: interpreted by early Christian commentaries by Judith Kovacs

Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians by Tom Wright