NIV 1 Corinthians 10:1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.

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No. Better reading is in Young's:

"And I do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,"

Have to consider the new status under the gospel of Christ, that all who are in Christ and covered by His blood are counted for the seed of Abraham, and are therefore Israel. By God's definition, being counted for the seed of Abraham, all Christians, Jew and Greek are spiritual Jews, circumcised of the heart (Rom. 2:29; Gal. 3:26-29).

Corinth was in the Peleponnese, in south central Greece. Most probably, there were a mix of Jews and gentiles (nations) at the church of Corinth. The letter was sent to Christians (1 Cor. 1:1-2), and as all Christians of all nations are grafted into the branch (Rom. 11:17-24), then those of the old covenant congregation are "our fathers," too.

If you are interested, I have two posts at my site on the change in the definitions that took effect under the new covenant: God's Definitions - Part I: The House of Israel, and - Part II: The House of God. See ShreddingTheVeil.

  • I prefer "brethren" to "brothers and sisters" but I think "our ancestors were all" is a bit clearer than "all our fathers" because it sounds like he means the fathers of all nations, which is not correct. And your comments suggest that that is how you understand it and that isn't historical. It was only the ancestors of the Jews that passed under the cloud. Hence my question. And in full disclosure, I do believe Paul was writing to Jewish believers though technically he could be saying "I don't want you gentiles to be ignorant that the ancestors of us Jews all..." which is why I asked.
    – Ruminator
    Mar 31, 2018 at 13:34
  • I know it is common to claim that the Church is the new Israel but I personally don't accept that Israelology or eschatology.
    – Ruminator
    Mar 31, 2018 at 13:35

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