Monday, October 17, 2005

Corinthians and Eschatology

When I first took an exegesis class on 1 Corinthians I was told that the problem was an over-realized eschatology, i.e. the belief that the eschaton had already dawned in its fullness. This accounted for the belief that there was no resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 since it had already happened in some 'spiritual sense'. This over-realized eschatology view is expounded classically by Thiselton in his NIGTC commentary and in a few earlier studies. However, Richard Hays in his 1 Cor commentary argues that the problem was the exact opposite - the Corinthians did not have enough eschatology. Scholars mistakenly read into 1 Cor 15 the over-realized eschatology countered in the Pastoral epistles?

So, was the problem at Corinth an over-realized eschatology or not enough eschatology? This a Ph.D thesis for some brave soul!

1 comment:

theologicalresearcher said...

Interesting statement. I'm doing an assignment on this topic on overrealized eschatology in 1 Corinthians. The majority of commentators do believe that the problem of 1 Corinthians was an overrealized eschatology. Hays' position is interesting. Perhaps their lack of fear of the final judgment led them to live loosely in the present? Btw, I would like your opinion on Paul's view of justification. That is also a topic I am very interested in.