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Taking Words out of Paul's Mouth?

Usually we complain when people put words into our mouths, "I didn't say that!" But there has been a tendency in Bible translation as well as scholarship to take some of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians out of his mouth and place them in "speech marks" to suggest that he is quoting someone else or somehow distancing himself from what is said.



In my article "The Argument against Attributing Slogans in 1 Corinthians 6:12–20" just published in the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters Vol. 8, Nos. 1-2 (2018), pp. 147-166, I take issue with this practice. There are three possible slogans (so called because they are pithy axiomatic sayings that Corinthians Christians had allegedly been using to refute or corrupt Paul's teaching) in the passage 1 Cor 6:12-20.

Here it is in the NRSV

6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for…