Introduction to the Book of 1 Corinthians Index
Research Material

TITLE:

  • Textual evidence attests to the title Pros korinthious A, literally, "To the Corinthians A". This shorter title is found in the manuscript on 1 Corinthians in the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri, the oldest extant manuscript of the epistle, written about the 3d century A.D. The Title was not a part of the original document. (6BC 655)

AUTHORSHIP:

  • Except for some ultra radical critics who go so far as to question whether Paul ever existed, the Pauline authorship of the epistle has been generally accepted. In Fact it, along with (2 Corinthians, Romans, and Galatians), is believed to be the best attested of all of Paul's letters. The name of the author appears at both the beginning and the end of this epistle (1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 16:21). The letter was dictated to an amanuensis, or secretary, with the exception of the salutation at the close of the book, which Paul states he wrote with his "own hand" (1 Corinthians 16:21). The exact reason for his use of secretaries is not known, but it appears to have been customary with him (Romans 16:22; Colossians 4:18; 2 Thessalonians 3:17).