I Cor 7:27-28

Todd Moore (moore@enter.net)
Mon, 02 Sep 1996 10:00:05 +0000

The perfect tense here need not be as crucial as first assumed. For
instance, Heth and Wenham (Jesus and Divorce, Nelson, 1984) make a
case for the idea that in v.25-28 Paul is addressing those who are bound
by a promise of marraige (ie engaged) and that these have not sinned if
they should marry. This reading takes "agamos" as referring to widowers
in this context (parallel with widows in 7:8, based on Fee"s interp. of that
section); "parthenon" as referring to those who are engaged (men,unless
noted, following J.K. Elliott). They also note the change of verb here as
different from those used with divorce in chapt 7.
Todd Moore