Men should not touch women (1 Cor. 7:1)

“Now concerning the matters

About which you wrote.

‘It is well for a man

Not to touch a woman.’”

Περὶ δὲ ὧν ἐγράψατε, καλὸν ἀνθρώπῳ γυναικὸς μὴ ἅπτεσθαι·

Paul turned to the questions addressed to him by the Christian Corinthians.  “Now concerning the matters about which you wrote (Περὶ δὲ ὧν ἐγράψατε).”  Then he used another Corinthian saying “It is well for a man not to touch a woman (καλὸν ἀνθρώπῳ γυναικὸς μὴ ἅπτεσθαι).”  Apparently, they wanted Paul to weigh in on some problems they were having in Corinth.  Thus, they had written a now lost letter to Paul.  Paul referred to this non-extant letter a few times later in chapters 7:25, 8:1, 12:1, and 16:1.  Paul used another Corinthian saying about men staying away from women by not touching them, which was a euphemism for sexual relations.  There may have been an ascetic group in Greek Corinth that did not believe in marriage.  What do you think about how men should relate to women?

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