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Paul and the Lord’s Supper

A Socio-Historical Investigation


Panayotis Coutsoumpos

Most of Paul’s letters, especially First Corinthians, were written in the context of conflict with troublemaking opponents and the social dilemma at the Lord’s Supper in Corinth. First Corinthians provides a unique glimpse into the social custom of the Christian congregation in a Greaco-Roman environment during the early years of the Christian Church. Much effort has gone into reconstructing what happened at the Lord’s Supper and the social issues that were involved. More recently, attention has focused on the Corinthian congregation itself and how Paul solved the issue of idol food and dining in a pagan temple.