1 Corinthians 8–13 – “Ye Are the Body of Christ”

August 28, 2023 to September 3, 2023

Paul teaches how partaking of the sacrament unifies believers and that together they become the “body of Christ.”

Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians: A New Rendition

This is a free item available at BYU Studies, Amazon, and Deseret Book. The New Rendition of the book First Corinthians provides a modern English translation of the Greek text while remaining true to Paul’s intent.

This translation is excerpted from the full commentary Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, by Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes.

This new version clarifies many previously vague or misunderstood passages and enlightens the text for today’s readers. This epistle is particularly interesting and important to faithful Christians interested in the Apostle Paul’s testimonies of knowledge, revelation, purity, gifts of the spirit, the sacrament, charity, the resurrection, baptism for the dead, heavenly glory, and many other topics crucial to the life of righteousness.

“What Is Paul’s Understanding of Love? (1 Corinthians 13),” Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes, BYU New Testament Commentary volume

Paul shows love to be the greatest of all the gifts of God and the basis on which all the others operate. For him, it is action; nothing less will do Where inaction resides, love does not. As such, love is neither a human virtue inherent within the soul nor a talent developed by discipline and hard work. It is the touch of the divine.

“1 Corinthians 11:1-3,” Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes, BYU New Testament Commentary volume

This short commentary discusses the social status of men and women in the ancient world and how Paul understood men and women’s roles.

“The Modern-day Relevance of Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians,” By Michael D. Rhodes, presented at the BYU New Testament Commentary Conference, May 15, 2013

Although written nearly two millennia ago, Paul’s letters to the Saints in Corinth are still in many ways as relevant today as they were when he wrote them. The competitive, social-climbing, status-obsessed, morally decadent society of the Greco-Roman world of Paul’s time with its worldly philosophies has remarkable parallels with our own modern Western culture, and Paul gives valuable counsel on how to stay true to the gospel of Jesus Christ while living in such a world. A video of this presentation is also available.

“It Takes Two: What We Learn from Social Science about the Divine Pattern of Gender Complementarity in Parenting,” Jenet Jacob Ereckson, BYU Studies 62, no. 1 

“In God’s plan, men and women need each other,” states the Come, Follow Me webpage, referring to 1 Corinthians 11:11. Read how men and women complement each other and children benefit from having both parents.