1 Corinthians 13:1 Revisited: An Exegetical Update

Robert L. Thomas | May 21, 2010

About twenty years have passed since this author advanced the interpretation that t tleion (to teleion , “the complete,” “the mature”) in 1 Cor 13:10 referred to the mature body of Christ and that a stage of maturity in the growth of that body marked the termination of revelatory and sign gifts in the ancient church. With a fresh focus on 1 Cor 13:11, he now updates the discussion in light of various responses that have questioned the validity of that position. He elaborates on why the substantive cannot mean “the perfect,” why it must mean “complete” or “mature,” why the context requires such, and answers objections to the view.

Vol. 4, no. 2 (Fall 1993)

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Thomas, Robert L.. "1 Corinthians 13:1 Revisited: An Exegetical Update." The Master's Seminary Journal 4, no. 2 (Fall 1993): 187-202.