I have been sick. The first day I had nausea and vertigo. Then I took anti-nausea medicine, which made me sleep a lot and took away any ambition. To sit in a chair and use the remote to stream a movie seemed like an effort well beyond me. Don’t do drugs!
So I am still spacey. But I have decided what book to blog through next. I was pleased with my effort to revive an old book when I blogged about Adam Welch’s The Code of Deuteronomy. And I have been meaning to do something about the New Testament. So I am looking at The Origin of 1 Corinthians by John Hurd.
He lectured at my campus when I was in seminary. I think it was about his attempt to construct a chronology of Paul’s ministry based purely on the epistles and ignoring Acts. See his article “Chronology, Pauline” in the supplementary volume of the Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary. Anyway, I met him. And the next year I read his 1965 book, The Origin of 1 Corinthians. It has always had some influence on my thinking about 1 Corinthians.
It is a speculative book. This is necessary because he tries to reconstruct the Corinthian side of the Pauline correspondence. The Corinthians had written Paul a letter. We do not have that letter, so reading 1 Corinthians is a little like listening to one side of the phone conversation. Hurd tries to give us an insight into the questions the Corinthians were asking Paul.