The Mention of the Ten “Unjust Ones” that Will Not Inherit the Reign of God: A Socio-Rhetorical Reading of 1 Cor 6:1-10
José David Padilla

In the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians we find a list of 10 unjust ones that will not be part of the reign of God (6:9-10). What was the necessity for Paul to use such a list in the Corinthian correspondence? This list has become a controversial passage today because there is the tendency of understanding some of the elements in it – like the mention of homosexuals – with a contemporary knowledge. Is the preacher of the Good News to the gentiles rejecting the possibility for some specific groups of people to inherit the reign of God? To answer these questions, it seems necessary for me to read this passage with a socio-rhetorical lenses, finding those cultural phrases and images found in the first century Mediterranean word and portrayed in Corinthian correspondence.

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