The Warning-Assurance Relationship in 1 Corinthians 978-3-16-155131-4 - Mohr Siebeck
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Andrew J. Wilson

The Warning-Assurance Relationship in 1 Corinthians

[Das Verhältnis zwischen Warnung und Zusicherung im 1. Korintherbrief.]

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Paul's first letter to the Corinthians contains both emphatic warnings and strong statements of assurance, and the relationship between them has often puzzled interpreters. Did Paul warn Christians that they might forfeit their salvation? Or did he assure them that they would not? The answer, as Andrew J. Wilson demonstrates in this study, is: both.
Paul's first letter to the Corinthians contains both emphatic warnings and strong statements of assurance, and the relationship between them has often puzzled interpreters. At times, it sounds as if Paul is warning the Corinthians lest they forfeit their eschatological salvation; at others, it sounds like he is assuring them that they will not. Attempts to harmonise the two stances have often ended up nullifying the warnings, or the assurances, or both.
In this fresh analysis of all the relevant texts, Andrew J. Wilson demonstrates that Paul's warnings and assurances stand in tension with each other, and suggests that this tension is both coherent, and, in actual fact, deliberate on Paul's part. Discussions of perseverance and apostasy in Paul, grace and works, and the relationship between divine and human agency, will all now need to reckon with this important contribution.
Authors/Editors

Andrew J. Wilson Born 1978; MA from Cambridge, PhD from King's College London; currently serves as Teaching Pastor at King's Church, London.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Revue Théologique de Louvain — 49 (2018), pp. 387–389 (Michel Quesnel)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 2019, p. 86 (Helmut Schwier)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.bookreviews.org/ (1/2020) (Victor Paul Furnish)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 40.5 (2018), S. 82–83 (Ian Paul)
In: Louvain Studies — 97 (2021), pp. 161–162 (Christoph Stenschke)