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by Ryan Turner The following is a detailed paper that I wrote on the pre-Pauline creed in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, specifically verses 3-7.The earliest available Christian texts are the letters of the apostle Paul.Scholars date his epistles from approximately 50 to 60 C. Therefore, many individuals think that there is at least a twenty year gap between the death of Christ and the earliest Christian writings.However, most do not realize that the epistles of Paul contain creedal summaries of early Christian beliefs which possibly date as early as 35-40 C.E.1 The general nature of these creeds includes the death and resurrection of Christ.Some of this material is found in Acts, while some is found in the letters of Paul.2 Perhaps the earliest creedal material that we have is found in 1 Corinthians 15.The purpose of my paper is to explore the length, origin, and date of the creed in 1 Corinthians 15 and its implications for modern New Testament scholars’ views on the early Christian faith, especially for their understanding of Paul’s argument for the legitimacy of his apostleship.Before we begin our study, we must understand a number of presuppositions that scholars use when analyzing the creed in 1 Corinthians 15.

This is not to deny that there are variants in manuscripts, but none of them significantly affect our area of study.Third, scholars assume that Paul experienced some sort of conversion or transformation around 33 C. These few presuppositions will be the basis from which I support my arguments for the possible date of the creed.As we proceed to analyze the creed in 1 Corinthians, it is important to note the background of Paul’s statement on the resurrection.In the first chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul is dealing with division in the Corinthian church.Some members are stating that they are following Cephas, Apollos, or Paul.4 However, these divided Corinthians also question Paul’s apostleship and message of the resurrection of Christ.For this reason Paul states in , “How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” In defense of his message and apostleship, Paul continues his letter into Chapter 15 describing what he regards to be of primary importance:5 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

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