The Gospel According to St. Paul

“In 1 Cor. 15:1-3 Paul acknowledges that the central themes of the gospel he had passed on to the Corinthians were transmitted to him by his Christian predecessors: ‘For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received.’ In verse 1 Paul uses the noun ‘gospel’ and the verb ‘to proclaim good news’ together […]In verse 2 Paul uses two verbs for the transmission and reception of the gospel […] which recall the semi-technical terminology  used for the careful transmission of teaching from one generation of Jewish teachers to another. The gospel which the Corinthians had received from Paul is the very gospel which he in turn had received from his Christian predecessors. The content of that gospel is set out in 1 Cor. 15:3-7 in a series of short statements […]

that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures,

that he was buried, and

that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and

that he appeared to Cephas, and then to twelve.”

(Graham N. Stanton in The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul, pg. 174)

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