The Corinthian Dissenters and the Stoics

by Albert V. Garcilazo (Author)
©2007 Monographs 251 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature, Volume 106


This book focuses on the controversy recorded in 1 Corinthians 15 regarding the denial of the resurrection of the dead. Many attempts and proposals have been made to understand the background of Paul’s opponents. By focusing on the possible impact of Stoicism, Albert V. Garcilazo argues that the internal evidence of the letter indicates that some of the Corinthians had adopted a realized eschatology as well as an antisomatic view of the resurrection, which in turn prompted them to reject the future resurrection of the dead. Garcilazo suggests that the higher status members of the congregation were influenced by the cosmological, anthropological, and ethical teachings of the Stoa, especially the tenets of the Roman Stoics. He demonstrates this possibility by first considering the similarities between the doctrines of the Corinthian dissenters and the teachings of the Stoic philosophers, particularly the teachings of Seneca. Following a brief overview of Stoicism, the author concentrates on some of the theological issues revealed in the letter and examines how other scholars have interpreted 1 Corinthians 15. Finally, he provides a detailed analysis of 1 Corinthians 15:12-49. In short, Garcilazo argues that the philosophy of the Stoics seemingly contributed to the resurrection controversy recorded in 1 Corinthians 15.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2007 (May)
Paulus (Apostel) Korintherbrief (I.) Auferstehung Stoizismus New Testament Criticism Interpretation History Future Life 1 Corninthians Bible
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 268 pp.

Biographical notes

Albert V. Garcilazo (Author)

The Author: Albert V. Garcilazo, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, earned a B.A. in theology and biblical languages from Walla Walla College, an M.Div. from Andrews University, and a Ph.D. in theology (New Testament studies) from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor for nearly eighteen years in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as an adjunct instructor for Azusa Pacific University, La Sierra University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. Garcilazo is currently the senior chaplain of Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, California.


Title: The Corinthian Dissenters and the Stoics