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Corinthians, Third Epistle to the
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The Third Epistle to the Corinthians, also known as the “Correspondence of Paul and the Corinthians” or “3 Corinthians,” refers to a letter exchange between the Corinthian Church and the apostle Paul (Paul [Apostle]). 3 Corinthians may be divided into four sections:

1.  a narrative introduction;

2.  The Corinthian letter to Paul;

3.  narrative interlude;

4.  Paul’s response to the Corinthians; with the oldest sections being represented only by parts II and IV.


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Barrier, Jeremy W., “Corinthians, Third Epistle to the”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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