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Corinth was the capital of the province of Achaia. It was a city of social, cultural, and religious diversity. The Jews living there were more sophisticated and multicultural than those in Palestine. Paul's visit came at a significant time as it relates to mission work. In 49 C.E., the Jews were expelled from Rome and many of them migrated to Corinth. Corinth was located directly south of the Corinthian Gulf and such a position made it a central trading and commercial area of the ancient world. Corinth was however a place where immorality was high. The word korinthiazesthai which means to live like a Corinthian, had become a part of the Greek language, and meant to live with drunken and immoral debauchery (Barclay, 1962). I believe it would be equivalent to the much later city of Port Royal. It is no surprise then that Paul stayed in Corinth longer than any other place. The main purpose of this essay it to analyze the issue faced in 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 where Paul speaks on issues concerning marriage. Most cultures in the world have their own set of rules concerning marriage, sex and the family. In the beginning marriage was established by God in the Garden of Eden before any other human institutions and cultures. In dissecting 1 Corinthians 7:1-16, we have to reconstruct the marital issues that occurred in Paul’s teachings, determine the marital principles Paul laid down and apply the significance of the passage to the Caribbean context. An analysis of the passage draws into focus self-discipline, behavior in the marriage partnership and the unbreakable bond. 1 Corinthians is one of the undisputed letters of Paul and both external and internal evidences are strong that backs up this claim. At that time, Paul was thinking about ... ... middle of paper ... ... is a special ability that God gives some people to be free from the desire or need of sexual fulfillment in marriage. Verse 8-16 speaks of the unbreakable bond. It deals with those who are unmarried and widows, those who are married and the marriage of believers to unbelievers. Paul believed that Jesus would have returned soon and that was his teaching. Here he tells the unmarried and the widows to just remain as they are basically because Jesus will return soon. He however says that if they cannot practice self-control, they should get married so as not to sin. Paul realized that everyone is different and that because of whom people are, one solution cannot fit all. Paul then tells the married that they should not divorce because Jesus forbade it. If there was to be a separation Paul says there should be no remarriage. Paul may have set these high standards so as

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