I Corinthians is Volume 32 inÂ Â the Anchor Bible series of new book-by-bookÂ Â translations of the Old and New Testaments andÂ Â Apocrypha. William S. Orr and James Arthur Walther are,Â Â respectively, Professor Emeritus and AssociateÂ Â Professor of New Testament at the PittsburghÂ Â Theological Seminary.
St. Paul’s IÂ Â Corinthians stands as one of the Bible’sÂ Â greatest masterpieces and certainly one of theÂ Â greatest contributions to Christian theology. TheÂ Â epistle “To the Church which is in Corinth…”Â Â addresses itself to the basic tenets of ChristianÂ Â faith as well as down-to-earth matters of moralÂ Â conduct and standards of Christian living, includingÂ Â such topics as speaking in tongues, theÂ Â Resurrection, the Lord’s Supper, and the problems ofÂ Â marriage. This letter also includes Paul’s memorableÂ Â definition of Christian love.
TheÂ Â man who laid the foundations of Christian theologyÂ Â remains important not only for what he taught, butÂ Â for who he was.
Professors OrrÂ Â and Walther ask–and answer–“What Kind of ManÂ Â Was Paul?” in their own extendedÂ Â introductory biography of the man: a look at his life, hisÂ Â ministry, and his beliefs.