Welcome to Corinth
Well actually, Paul isn’t in Corinth, but rather in Ephesus around A.D. 55. But while Paul is in Ephesus, he’s writing to a dysfunctional church in Corinth. Corinth is a bustling seaport town that had all the amenities of a modern city and was one of the major city of the Roman Empire.
[SIDE NOTE/INTERESTING FACT] Corinth was located on a 4.5 miles isthmus between Greece and Achaia. Realizing it was more efficient to cross 4.5 miles verses the 200 mile journey around Achaia, ship captains would pay to have their boats drug across a dirt road that connected the two bodies of water. No joke! They literally picked up the boats and drug them the 4.5 miles across the isthmus.
Corinth was a very successful city known for it’s commercialism and the center for manufacturing bronze to the region. Towering high above the city to stand as a reminder of what Corinth stood for, was the temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. The Temple of Aphrodite became the epicenter for celebrating sexual immorality. So like I said, welcome to Corinth. Continue reading 1 Corinthians 1: “Church is a Team Sport”