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In chapter 10, Paul provides some allegories around the story of Moses. Although not in the Bible, Rabbinic legend decided that a rock, from which a spring of fresh water poured, followed the Israelites wherever they went, and it is to this spring that Paul refers in 1 Corinthians 10:4. Psalm 42:9 refers to "God my rock" but here Paul says the rock is ...


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From the Greek it's pretty difficult to tell whether Paul was using metaphor or was literally referring to a fight with beasts. But from cultural and historical contexts we might glean some understanding. Below are my notes from when I had this same question during my comprehensive exams, in no particular order. I may revise this later for readability. See ...



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