- 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.
- 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.
- Andre Resner Jr., Preacher and Cross: Person and Message in Theology
and Rhetoric (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999).
- 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.
- Richard B. Hays, First Corinthians. Interpretation: A Bible
Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Louisville: John Knox, 1997) p. 159.