2009 Bible Study: Margaret Mitchell

Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School, led the attendees in a study in which she shared some of her work on the Corinthian letters.  The NWCU Bible Study is sponsored by the American Bible Society which makes a generous gift to help underwrite the cost of our event.  Prof. Mitchell is currently revising for publication her 2008 Speaker’s Lectures at Oxford University,“The Corinthian Correspondence and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics,”  She worked to give us an overview of how I Corinthians should be approached and read.   She reminded us that the central message is an appeal for Christian Unity in which St. Paul warns that Christ’s Body is being torn “limb to limb.”  Paul calls for reconciliation, using the medical term which in Greek refers to the act of re-setting a dislocated limb.  Paul warns them that those who destroy the unity of the Body will be destroyed by God.