A Wife Saving Her Husband (1 Cor 7:16)? Cover Image

Żona zbawiająca męża [1 Kor 7,16]?
A Wife Saving Her Husband (1 Cor 7:16)?

Author(s): Dorota Muszytowska
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: 1 Cor; marriage; woman; sanctification; salvation

Summary/Abstract: The question “How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband?” (1 Cor 7:16) closes the so called ‘Paul’s marriage privileges’ running in the preceding verses of 1 Cor 7. The issue expressed with a question mark refers to mixed marriages. The present essay aims to explore this already much harvested text from a new exegetical perspective. In the first part, the socio-religious context of the audience in the 1 Corinthians is exposed: the background of their beliefs and dilemmas concerning marriage. In the second part, the issues of the married women position in Judaism and in the Greco-Roman culture of the period are explored. The last step of the investigation is the analysis (mainly rhetorical) of Paul’s argumentation in 1 Cor 7:16 in the context of 1 Cor 7:12-16. The final conclusion is that a Christian wife (as well as a Christian husband) cannot save her spouse because, according to Paul’s argumentation in the passage, the responsibility for believers’ salvation belongs solely to Christ. Nevertheless, a Christian wife can sanctify her husband.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 149-176
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Polish