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  1. Paul apparently does not deal with the related question of whether Christians themselves could purchase this meat. Presumably this is because all parties would agree on the answer. To purchase this meat would, in effect, be to subsidize the worship of idols. It seems reasonable to suppose that this would clearly have been considered wrong by all Christians.
  2. It appears that the relationship between Paul and the church deteriorated after the writing of I Corinthians. He was forced to write another and harsher letter, often called the letter of tears, before our II Corinthians. Some scholars think the "letter of tears" is partially preserved in II Cor 10-13.
  3. Andre Resner Jr., Preacher and Cross: Person and Message in Theology and Rhetoric (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999).
  4. Here Paul makes use of a Jewish tradition that Moses had not simply drawn water from different rocks at several points in the desert wanderings. Rather, the same rock was said to have followed the children of Israel on their journey.
  5. Richard B. Hays, First Corinthians. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Louisville: John Knox, 1997) p. 159.