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Assistants of Christ and Administrators of God’s Mysteries

An Exegetico-Theological Study of 1 Cor 4,1-5

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Arul Samy Kaspar

In this study, the author analyses 1 Cor 4,1-5 within the larger context of 1 Corinthians 1-4. The study is an exegetico-theological analysis of two important metaphorical predicates that Paul uses for Apollos and himself to describe their role among the Corinthians: assistants of Christ and administrators of God’s mysteries (1 Cor 4,1). Focussing on pragmatic considerations, the author answers the following questions: Was Paul individualistic in his understanding of the role of the preachers in Corinth? Did he deny the role of other preachers such as Apollos in the Christian community of Corinth? What was his understanding of his own role? What are the characteristics of the proclamation of the gospel and of the preachers?
Contents: The Placement of 1 Cor 4,1-5 within the Context of 1 Corinthians – Syntactic Analysis of 1 Cor 4,1-5 – The Structure of 1 Cor 4,1-5 – The Preachers as Assistants of Christ and Administrators of God’s Mysteries – Mysteries of God – An Interpretation of 1 Cor 4,1-5 within the Context of First Corinthians 1-4 – Application of the Message of 1 Cor 4,1-5 in the Indian Context: A Hermeneutical Reading.