1 Corinthians Bible Study Series Posts
Reta Halteman Finger began her Bible study blog, Reta’s Reflections with a study of 1 Corinthians. Learn more about CFT’s Reta’s Reflections Bible Study blog.
Reta says, “To start, I’ll do a series on the Apostle Paul’s letter we call First Corinthians. It may not be the best place to start because it implies that readers already know a lot about the larger biblical context. But it is the source of my most recent writing project, and it contains texts about women that are familiar to Christian feminists. Texts like 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and 14:34-36 give Paul a bad name—sexist, patriarchal, bossy, and quite unlike Jesus, who accepted and liked women.”
This is an index of posts in that series in order of publication. Recent posts are listed first.
(Posts are in reverse order on this page, with the first of the series at the bottom.)
Lesson 17 - In 15:1-11, Paul states his core belief: “that Christ died for our sins,…that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures” (3-4). For proof of Jesus’ resurrection, Paul cites six appearances of the risen Jesus—to Peter, to the twelve disciples, to over 500 people, to James (leader of the Jerusalem church), to “all the apostles,” and last of all, to Paul himself (on the road to Damascus several years later) (5-9). Why didn’t Paul mention the women at the tomb?
Lesson 16 - This is the third time I have started to write this lesson. One reason it’s so hard is because neither Paul, nor I, nor anyone who reads this knows very well what we’re talking about. Obviously, Paul had not yet died at the time he was writing this, nor have any of us yet died; and none of us has yet been raised to life as Paul says Jesus has. What we have are intimations from pre-Christian Jewish writings, visions by some mystics, hints from Jesus before his death, witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection, and Paul’s Spirit-inspired (we hope!) logic.
Lesson 1 - For Christian feminists who read this website, no matter how little we know about the Bible, or how much we’ve been hurt by oppressive interpretations of it, or how quaint it seems compared to our world today, we still have some “Bible DNA” in our roots. At some level, we are “People of the Book,” an appellation applied to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, each with scripture they privilege above all others.