By Michael F. Hull

Even supposing 1 Cor 15:29 (“Otherwise what are they to do, who've themselves baptized because of the lifeless? If the useless aren't fairly raised, why are they baptized because of them?”) has bought an unlimited quantity of realization within the biblical academy, there isn't any scholarly consensus as to its which means. to be able to holiday the present deadlock, this quantity experiences and reviews the over 40 diversified interpretations of 15:29, then examines the verse anew by way of its literary, historic, and theological contexts in the writings of Paul. at the foundation of this research, Hull concludes that 1 Cor 15:29 is a twin rhetorical query during which Paul holds up one team in the Corinthian group as a laudable instance for the total neighborhood. in particular, those that have themselves baptized are present process the ceremony of baptism due to their steadfast religion within the resurrection of Christ and, concomitantly, of Christians. They endure the ceremony of baptism “on account of the dead”—on account of the truth that the lifeless are destined for life—and therefore disgrace the confidence and lack of understanding of these one of the Corinthians who deny the resurrection (1 Cor 15:12).

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