On 22/04/2022 05:58, Madhu wrote:
> 1Cor15 is notoriously difficult because the actual heresies that Paul is
> countering are left unstated (perhaps like in the "women" passages).
> This leads the door open for innovative new heresies.
As I say, I don't think it was heresies (ie. perversions of Christian
doctrine); it was trying to help the Corinthians overcome the wrong
ideas inculcated into them by their heathen science. (A bit like me
arguing for Creationism.)
> Mormons especially have gone to great lengths in developing doctrines
> based on the "different glories" phrase, and also the "baptised for the
> dead" phrase.
Indeed. Mad lot.
> (I think I saw a suggestion from FF Bruce that baptising
> the dead may actually have been a thing - but then I'm inclined to
> picture a corpse being fully immersed which is probably not what he
I imagine it was part of the Eleusinian Mystery rituals. Paul alludes to
the Mystery several times in the chapter. For example, all that about
grains of wheat bringing up new bodies is a reference to the fact that
women carried trays of sprouting wheat on their heads in the procession
fo Eleusis. (Not only was Eleusis only about 20 miles away between
Corinth and Athens, but everybody who was anybody in Greek society had