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AndrewSteven Opp | Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:38 | Permalink

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Here’s what Brownson says:

For Paul, the central problem concerning sex with a prostitute is that sexual union enacts a deeper union (“one body”) with a prostitute that is completely inappropriate. Or to put it in different terms, Paul urges the Corinthians not to say with their bodies (by enacting sexual unions with prostitutes) what they are not saying with the rest of their lives (by recognizing the kinship ties and obligations of marriage). (34)

I don’t find this very convincing. Paul’s concerns are not with the broader social context of kinship ties but with the physical or “carnal” experience: the “body is not meant for sexual immorality” (1 Cor. 6:13); the body will be raised up; Paul substitutes “body” for “flesh”; sexual immorality is a sin against one’s own body, not outside it; the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. This rather suggests that Paul has used the Old Testament verse to support an argument for which it was not originally suited. He has exercised a certain rhetorical licence.

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