Re: Comments on 1 Corinthians

Contextually, Paul is putting forth reasons for believing in the 
resurrection of the dead. A possible explanation is that he is citing an 
otherwise unknown first century Hellenistic/pagan ritual of baptizing the 
dead in anticipation of a resurrection. In such a scenario, he does not 
cite this custom as a model for the Christian community, but only as an 
example of the widely held belief in a resurrection of the dead.

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