(J) The Corinthian Correspondence

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St. Paul arrived in Corinth sometime in late A.D. 50, the last stop on his 2nd missionary journey (A.D. 50-52). When Paul walked the 52-mile trek from Athens to Corinth, he entered one of the greatest and most modern cities of the Roman Empire.
 

Archaeology suggests that Corinth was occupied as early as 6500 B.C., and by 740 B.C. (about the time of the biblical king Ahaz and the Jewish prophet Isaiah) it was a major Greek city with a population of at least 5,000 people. By 400 B.C. Corinth was one of the largest and most powerful cities in Greece, with a population of over 90,000, and by the end of the 2nd-century B.C. it was capital of the Achaean League, a confederation of over 50 Peloponnese city-states.

 

Corinth’s power and influence came to an abrupt end, however. In 146 B.C. Rome declared war on the Achaean League, and the Roman General Lucius Mummius attacked Corinth; put all the men of the city to the sword; sold the women and children into slavery; shipped statues, paintings, works of art and anything else of value to Rome; and he razed Corinth, reducing it to ashes. For his swift and decisive victory over Corinth and the Achaean League, Rome awarded Mummius a triumphal procession: he entered Rome in a chariot drawn by four white horses, the general himself was crowned with laurel leaves, and he wore a purple and gold-embroidered triumphal toga. The crowds cheered him wildly.

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Lesson #1: St. Paul the Apostle

 

St. Paul traveled over 10,000 miles by sea and by land during three missionary journeys: 1) A.D. 46-48; 2) A.D. 50-52; and 3) A.D. 54-57; Paul evangelized all of Asia Minor and a good portion of Macedonia and Greece; Paul wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament; and during his many years of travel, Paul suffered greatly for Christ and for the Church:

“Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and a day on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure. And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.”

(2 Corinthians 11: 24-28)

Just who was this man who worked so tirelessly for Christ, this man who accomplished so much for the kingdom of God?

In Lesson #1 we find out.

 

Lesson #2: On the Road to Corinth

 

St. Paul’s 2nd missionary journey spanned A.D. 50-52, eighteen months of which he spent in Corinth, a very modern, cosmopolitan city with a population exceeding 50,000.

Strategically located as a center of maritime trade, Corinth linked the Peloponnese Peninsula to mainland Greece via a narrow, 4-mile wide Isthmus, with the Gulf of Corinth on the northwest and the Saronic Gulf on the east.

Rome destroyed ancient Corinth in 146 B.C. during the war between Rome and the Achaean League, but Julius Caesar rebuilt it in 44 B.C. as an ultra-modern metropolis, controlling maritime trade between Asia and Rome.

In Lesson #2 we follow St. Paul on his journey to Corinth, and when we arrive we take a tour of the city.

 

Lesson #3: The Church at Corinth

 

The rebuilt city of Corinth was not only an exceedingly prosperous double-seaport town, but it was the political and economic capital of Achaia, eclipsing Athens which had been in decline since its defeat by the Roman general Sulla in 88 B.C.

Because of its vibrant maritime trade, Corinth hosted a large transient population from the many cultures that surrounded the Mediterranean, and as one would expect, those cultures exerted significant social, religious, political and economic influences on the resident population. In Corinth temples to Poseidon, Apollo, Hermes, Aphrodite and Isis co-existed with a Jewish synagogue and with the embryonic Christian “house” churches.

Corinth catered to hundreds—if not, thousands—of sailors and traveling salesmen, all of whom spent their money freely while in town, and—as we might expect— immorality flourished. Although largely in ruins during the mid-1st century A.D., the temple of Aphrodite, had stood prominently atop the Corinthian acropolis, and it had been staffed by 1,000 sacred prostitutes, giving Corinth its notorious reputation for immorality. The historian Strabo (c. 64 B.C. – 24 A.D.) writes in his Geographica, reflecting back nearly 500 years:

“[In Corinth] the temple of Aphrodite [during the 6th century B.C.] was so rich that it owned more than a thousand temple slaves, courtesans [etai√ra], whom both men and women dedicated to the goddess. And, therefore, it was also on account of these women that the city was crowded with people and grew very rich; for instance, the ship captains freely squandered their money, and hence the proverb, ‘Not for every man is the voyage to Corinth’ [for the company of women was very was expensive in Corinth!]. Moreover, it is recorded that a certain courtesan said to the woman who reproached her with the charge that she did not like to work or touch wool: ‘Yet, such as I am, in this short time I have taken down three webs [caqeiÆlon i∆stiu√ß].’”

(Geographica, VIII, 6, 20)

Indeed, since the 6th century B.C.—and into St. Paul’s day—“Corinthian girls” were noted for their generous and extraordinary “talents.”

St. Paul decided to form a church community there!

 

Lesson #4: Introduction to the Corinthian Correspondence (1: 1-15)

 

Although Scripture includes two epistles to the Corinthians, the Corinthian correspondence consists of at least five exchanges between St. Paul and the church. Apart from Ephesus, Paul spent more time in Corinth than at any other church he had founded, for it was the most troubled and contentious community of them all.

One can understand why.

Corinth, with its socially diverse population, thriving economy and large number of transient workers presented enormous challenges to its small, fledgling Christian community, a community that spanned the entire socio-economic spectrum. Most permanent residents were Greek, although a large number were retired Roman military veterans, and a smaller number were Jews. The Roman character of Corinth is evident by the names of those we meet in Corinth: Aquila, Priscilla, Crispus, Lucius, Gaius, Tertius, Erastus, Quartus and Fortunatus, among others. Although St. Paul says that “not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth” (1 Corinthians 1: 26), some were, such as Crispus and Sosthenes, both of whom were synagogue leaders, and Erastus, Corinth’s [oi∆kono√moß] “Treasurer” or “Director of Public Works” (Romans 16: 23).

In an affluent society where commerce and skilled trades were abundant, upward social mobility and class distinctions were commonplace, marks of the nouveau riche. In a Christian community where “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3: 28), tensions among groups emerged quickly and sharply, manifesting themselves in factions and divisions, lawsuits among believers, sexual scandals, questions on marriage and challenges to St. Paul’s leadership.

The Corinthian correspondence addresses all of these.

Assignment: Read Acts 18: 1-18.

 

Lesson #5: Factions and Divisions in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1: 1 –2: 16)

 

After St. Paul’s Introduction (1: 1-3) and Thanksgiving (1: 4-9) he turns to the problems at hand. Paul learns from “Chloe’s people” in Corinth that there are factions and divisions in the Corinthian church: some claim to follow Paul; some Apollos; some Cephas [Peter]; and others Christ. The church in Corinth is little more than two years old—and already there are four denominations!

St. Paul addresses the matter firmly, stressing the simplicity and unity of the Gospel message, as well as the source of knowledge and the spiritual immaturity of those who depend upon their own learning and their overinflated sense of self.

Paul really goes after them!

 

Lesson #6: The Worldly and the Spiritual (1 Corinthians 3: 1 –6: 19)

 

Building on his argument that our source of knowledge is not our own learning, but divine revelation through the Spirit, St. Paul goes on to contrast “worldly wisdom” with “spiritual wisdom,” the latter being infinitely superior to the former.

It is one thing for an uneducated person to make such a statement, dismissing hard- earned classical learning, philosophy and rhetoric out of hand, while not possessing it; it is quite another for St. Paul to do so, for there were few people in the ancient world more learned than Paul. The fact that he does so elevates “spiritual wisdom” to the summit of all knowledge, a summit attained only through careful attention to the still, small voice of God, a voice that can be drowned out by the twists and turns of our own egocentric reasoning and our incessant, boastful chattering about it.

Assignment: Read: 1 Corinthians 1: 1 – 6: 19.



Lesson #7: Now for the matters you wrote about . . . (1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 8: 13)

 

Apparently Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus had delivered a letter to St. Paul from Corinth (1 Corinthians 16: 15-18)—or those from “Chloe’s people” had brought it with them—and now Paul turns to four questions raised in that letter, the first three of which deal with marriage, virginity and sexuality (always a hot topic!), and the last of which deals with meat sacrificed to idols.

All four questions deal with practical day-to-day matters in any early church community, but they are especially relevant to the Corinthian community, a church in crisis.

 

Lesson #8: St. Paul Asserts His Rights as an Apostle (1 Corinthians 9: 1 – 10: 33)

 

Was St. Paul really an Apostle? After Jesus’ Ascension, we read that the eleven Apostles decided they must appoint another to take the place of Judas, who had hanged himself. We read:

“During those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said, “My brothers, the scripture had to be fulfilled which the holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. He was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry. He bought a parcel of land with the wages of his iniquity, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle, and all his insides spilled out.  This became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem, so that the parcel of land was called in their language ‘Akeldama,’ that is, Field of Blood. For it is written in the Book of Psalms:

‘Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.’

And:

‘May another take his office.’

Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.’ So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.”

(Acts 1: 15-23)
 

The word “apostle” is a∆po√stoloß from the Greek compound of a∆po√, (from) and ste√llw, (I send)—or “messenger.” Anyone who is “sent” can be an apostle, but the criterion for being a “capital A” Apostle is that a person must have been an eyewitness to Jesus entire public ministry, from his baptism in the Jordan River by John through his Ascension from the Mount of Olives.

Given that criterion—established by the Apostles themselves—Paul does not qualify. This will be an ongoing issue in Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church, especially as it concerns his leadership in that community.

Here St. Paul asserts his rights as a “capital A” Apostle, and in 2 Corinthians he will defend his apostleship even more vigorously.

Assignment: Read: 1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 10: 33.


 

Lesson #9: Propriety in Worship (11: 1-34)

 

The Church is the people of God, all of whom comprise the one body of Christ. The church as a physical building owned by the people of God for the purpose assembling the community in worship did not exist until mid 3rd century. The first church building devoted exclusively to liturgical use is at Dura Europos on the Euphrates River in eastern Syria.

 
   

When St. Paul was in Corinth, however, people met in “house” churches, the homes of individual people. Groups might consist of a few people to as many as 20 or 30, depending upon the size of the home in which they met. Obviously, larger groups would meet in the larger homes of wealthy people. Such gatherings would include teaching by leaders such as Paul, Apollos, Peter or other “traveling evangelists” (hence, the factions who followed them); fellowship; and a meal, which included a Eucharistic celebration. If there was any Scripture reading at all, it would have been from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures.

So, what protocols were involved? Who read? Who taught? Who prepared the meal? What did they eat? Who lead the prayers? What prayers were said?

What did people wear? Did they sit or stand?

Remember, it is the early 50s and the New Testament has not been written yet. Teaching was purely oral, and the teaching would vary from one teacher to another. The Church will not have an agreed-upon core set of beliefs until the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325!

St. Paul addresses the practical, fundamental issues of liturgical worship in such a setting.


 

Lesson #10: Spiritual Gifts (12: 1 – 14: 40)

 

We learn in the Acts of the Apostles and The Gospel according to John that when a person places his or her faith in Christ and is baptized, the Holy Spirit dwells within that person to comfort and guide them in the Christian life and to provide them with “spiritual gifts”; that is, talents, gifts and abilities to be used in the service of the family of God. All believers receive “spiritual gifts”: the trick is to know what they are . . . and what they are not!

In Corinth, however, those gifts became not a blessing to the community, but the subject of boasting: “My spiritual gift is bigger than your spiritual gift!”

Good grief!

Assignment: Read: 1 Corinthians 11: 1 – 14: 40).


 

Lesson #11: Excursus: Jesus’ Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection

 

Christianity stands or falls on the literal resurrection of Christ: either he was physically, bodily raised from the dead, or he wasn’t. If he wasn’t—if Jesus’ resurrection was a fraud, or simply a metaphor for new life—then our faith, no matter how sincere or deeply held, is an illusion, and we should have the courage to look elsewhere for truth.

If he was resurrected, though, that changes everything.

In this lesson, we examine closely Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.


 

Lesson #12: The Corinthians and Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 16: 24)

 

The Corinthians have their doubts about Jesus’ literal, physical, bodily resurrection— as well as their own—and in this lesson St. Paul addresses those doubts point by point, as he moves toward the conclusion of his epistle.

Assignment: Read: 1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 16: 24.


 

Lesson #13: Words of Comfort (2 Corinthians 1: 1 – 2: 17)
 

Piecing together the events that lead to 2 Corinthians is notoriously difficult, but in this lesson, we take a stab at it.

  • On his 2nd missionary journey, St. Paul spends 18 months in Corinth, A.D. 50-52;
  • In A.D. 54 St. Paul arrives in Ephesus on his 3rd missionary journey, where he spends nearly 3 years, A.D. 54-57;
  • In the winter of 54, word arrives in Ephesus from “Chloe’s people” informing St. Paul of trouble in Corinth, and a letter from Corinth arrives at about the same time, delivered by Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus;
  • St. Paul responds by writing 1 Corinthians, a rather harsh letter, especially as it addresses the expulsion of the immoral brother (1 Corinthians 5), lawsuits among believers (1 Corinthians 6) and propriety in worship (1 Corinthians 11);
  • When the church at Corinth receives 1 Corinthians they are stung by it, and harsh criticism of Paul follows, especially regarding St. Paul’s authority, his apostleship and his motives;
  • St. Paul makes a quick and painful visit to Corinth, apparently taking them to task (2 Corinthians 2: 1);
  • Upon returning to Ephesus, St. Paul has 2nd thoughts about his visit, and he writes 2 Corinthians to smooth things over.

That seems to be the sequence.

Now, on to 2 Corinthians and words of comfort.


 

Lesson #14: St. Paul Defends His Apostleship, Part 1 (2 Corinthians 3: 1 – 4: 18)

 

Although St. Paul begins his epistle with words of comfort he quickly turns to defending his apostleship, a necessary step in establishing his authority over the Corinthian community. As we read in the opening sentence of Romans, Paul is a “called” Apostle, called by Christ himself while on the road to Damascus, called to a specific task: to take the Gospel message to the Gentiles.

Admittedly, Paul did not spend three years with Jesus walking the roads of Galilee, teaching and preaching like the other Apostles did; his call was not a matter of time and geography: his call was a call of destiny to bring the message of a new covenant to a new people.

Paul’s eternity—and the eternity of those in Corinth—depend upon Paul’s answering his call faithfully.

Assignment: Read: 2 Corinthians 1: 1 – 4: 18.


 

Lesson #15: St. Paul Defends His Apostleship, Part 2 (2 Corinthians 5: 1 – 7: 16)

 

In Lesson #15 St. Paul continues defending his Apostleship, emphasizing his “partnership” with the Corinthians and his love for them, then cataloguing his hardships—a rhetorical plea for sympathy, which ends in the woeful: “You are not constrained by us; you are constrained by your own affections”; or better, “We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us” (2 Corinthians 6: 12).

 

Paul then ends his defense (for the time being) with a plea for understanding.

 

Lesson #16: By the way, I’m taking up a collection . . . (2 Corinthians 8: 1 – 9: 15)

 

Having ended his “soft” defense, St. Paul now moves to the matter of taking up a collection for the church in Jerusalem. Rhetorically, Paul builds on the reconciliation he’s achieved, striking while the iron is hot!

In Romans, we see how deftly Paul presents his case for the Roman church to support—both through prayer and money—his planned mission to Spain. Here, Paul foregoes such subtlety makes a direct plea, which includes shaming the Corinthian church into a large contribution by comparing their possible lukewarm, anemic contribution to the generous churches in Philippi and Thessalonica!

Assignment: Read: 2 Corinthians 5: 1 – 9: 15.

 

Lesson #17: Back on the Defense! (2 Corinthians 10: 1 – 13: 14)

 

St. Paul concluded the “soft” defense of his Apostleship at 7: 16, but Paul just can’t seem to let it go. The Corinthian’s questioning his Apostleship seems a personal affront to Paul, and in Lesson #17 he strikes back, asserting his apostolic authority boldly and mocking those who say “his letters are severe and forceful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible” (2 Corinthians 10: 10). Paul warns them that “what we are in word through letters when absent, that we also are in action when present” (2 Corinthians 10: 11), and he asserts that he is “not in any way inferior to [those] ‘superapostles’” (2 Corinthians 11: 5) about whom they boast.

 

St. Paul spares no one’s feelings here!

 

And then he goes on to catalogue his sufferings, comparing them to the “super- apostles,” and warning the Corinthians of an imminent visit:

 

“This third time I am coming to you. ‘On the testimony of two or three witnesses a fact shall be established.’ I warned those who sinned earlier and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not be lenient . . .”

(2 Corinthians 13: 1-2)

 

St. Paul then closes 2 Corinthians with a formulaic ending. Wow, scorching!

 

Lesson #18: Final Thoughts: Corinthians in Context

 

St. Paul founded many Christian communities during his 20+ years of missionary activity. He is rightly called THE Apostle. But St. Paul’s relationship with the church at Corinth was unique. In this final lesson, we place the Corinthian correspondence within the context of St. Paul’s other epistles and letters, as well as within the context of his overall missionary activity.

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Corinthians Syllabus
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Added 12 months ago, by Jim
I love the mixture of teaching the actual writing of St Paul with liberal doses of history, culture, geography, art, and literature in making the Letters to the Corinthians come alive. St Paul’s teaching became more understandable, current, and relevant. I truly enjoyed each lesson.
 
Added over 1 year ago, by Nancy

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3) Pretending to be someone else or spoof their identity;

4) Soliciting business, selling products, or otherwise engaging in commercial activities or personal advertisements;

5) Using the Services to perpetrate fraud, misrepresentation or illegal activity;

6) Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the Services or another user’s account, through hacking, password mining or any other means;

7) Attempting to circumvent or compromise any security measures;

8) Creating or releasing computer viruses, Trojan horses, or worms or otherwise engaging in destructive or potentially destructive programming activities;

9) Deep linking to any part of the Services;

10) Modifying, altering, or tampering with systems hardware or software;

11)  Reselling or repurposing your Logos account or any of the Services; or

12) Assisting or permitting any person engaging in any of the activities described above.

 

Password and Responsibility for User Account

When you create an account with Logos, you will be responsible for creating a confidential user name and password. The account is provided solely for your own personal use. Your account is non-transferrable and cannot be sold, combined or shared with any other person. You are solely responsible for all activities that occur under your account, including but not limited to any content and data posted, shared or transmitted through the Services and any messages, online chats or other interactions with other users. You are responsible for keeping your user name and password confidential. You shall not knowingly disclose your user name and password to any third party. You must notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your user name and password, if you believe that your user name and password is no longer confidential, or if you believe that there has been a breach in security with respect to your account. We reserve the right to require that you change your password if your account is no longer secure. Logos shall not be liable for any loss or damages you may suffer as a result of someone else using your user name and password.  

 

Refunds

No refunds will be made after purchase unless Logos has demonstrably failed to deliver the course content. 

 

Product Descriptions

Logos does not warrant that product descriptions are accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.

 

Sweepstakes and Promotions

From time to time Logos may provide opportunities to participate special promotions, contests, games and/or sweepstakes.  The rules, regulations and procedures governing any of the foregoing shall be accessible through a hypertext link displayed on the web page where the contest or game may be located.  By entering or participating in any of them, you agree to be subject to those rules, regulations and procedures.  Please remember to read the rules carefully before participating.  Coupons and special promotions cannot be combined unless specifically authorized.

 

Unsolicited Ideas

We do not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new products or services. You should not transmit any material to Logos that you consider to be confidential or proprietary.  Any material that you transmit to Logos will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary.  You give Logos an unrestricted, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, publicly perform, transmit and distribute any such information. You further agree that Logos has the right to use, without any payment or accounting to you or others, any concepts, know-how or ideas that you (or those who act on your behalf) transmit to Logos.

 

Trademarks, Copyright and Proprietary Rights

The Logos Bible Study names and logos are trademarks of Logos.  All other company names, logos, and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.  Nothing herein shall be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use the Logos name, logos, or trademarks without obtaining the written permission of Logos or such other third party owner, as applicable. 

All content on the Website, including but not limited to course materials, recordings, designs, data and databases, text, graphics, images, photographs, illustrations, audio and video material, artwork, proprietary information, client-side code (e.g. HTML, JavaScript, etc.) and server-side code (e.g. active server pages, VBScript, databases, etc.) and all copyrightable elements of the Website, and their selection and arrangement (excluding any of User Content) (the “Site Content”) individually and/or collectively, are the proprietary property of Logos and is protected by U.S. copyright law, international treaties and other intellectual property rights.  Except as otherwise stated therein, Site Content may not be copied, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed (for compensation or otherwise), licensed, altered, framed, stored for subsequent use or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner without prior written consent, except to the extent permitted by the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. §107), as amended, and then, only with notices of Logos’s proprietary rights, provided however, that you may download the information and print out hard copies for your own personal, noncommercial use, so long as you do not remove any copyright or other notice as may be contained in the information as downloaded. 

You acknowledge that Logos will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, including, without limitation, the seeking of criminal prosecution.

 

Restrictions on Age of Purchaser

You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase any products or services offered on the Website. In certain jurisdictions, the age of majority may be older than 18, in which case you must satisfy that age in order to become a member.

 

Links to Affiliate Websites

This Website may contain links to websites controlled or offered by our partners and affiliates, which may contain terms and conditions that are different from these Terms of Use and privacy policies.  You should read the terms and conditions and privacy policies on each such website, as your accessing such website constitutes your agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions and privacy policies contained in such website.

 

Third-Party Links

This Website may contain links to third-party websites that are not under the control of or maintained by Logos including advertiser websites (the “Linked Sites”).  The Linked Sites are not under the control of Logos and Logos is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site.  Logos does not endorse or make any representations about these websites, or any information, materials, or products found thereon.  If you access any of the Linked Sites, you do so at your own risk.  In no event shall Logos be liable for any loss, claim, damages, or costs that may arise in connection with your use any third-party links or Linked Sites.

Any dealings with third parties (including advertisers) included within the Website or Linked Sites or participation in promotions offered by third parties, including the delivery of and the payment for goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings or promotions, are solely between you and the advertiser or other third party.  Logos shall not be responsible or liable for any part of any such dealings or promotions.

 

Third-Party Materials on the Website

This Website may contain materials submitted by third-parties, including but not limited to User Content and advertisements.  Any such materials are provided solely as a convenience to you. Logos has not tested or evaluated these materials and does not endorse or make any representations about these materials or your use thereof.  If you use any of the third-party materials, you do so at your own risk.  In no event shall Logos be liable for any loss, claim, damages, or costs that may arise in connection with your use of these materials.

 

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Logos, it officers, directors, shareholders, partners, employees, agents, attorneys, affiliates, successors and assigns from any liability, loss, claim and expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, whether or not a lawsuit or other proceeding is filed, that in any way arises out of or relates to (a) your breach or violation of these Terms of Use or any applicable state or federal law or (b) your use of the Website.  This provision shall survive the termination of these Terms of Use.

 

Disclaimer

THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS without any warranties of any kind.  YOU AGREE THAT USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.  LOGOS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY EXPRESS WARRANTIES, STATUTORY WARRANTIES, AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, or third party rights arising our of course of conduct or trade custom or usage.  You understand and agree that the operation of the WEBsite may involve bugs, errors, problems, or other limitations.  LOGOS HAS no liability whatsoever for your use of the WEBSITE or use of any information or services accessed through the website.  No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from LOGOS through the website shall create any warranty, representation, or guarantee of any kind. 

Some states or other jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to you if prohibited by law.

 

Limitation of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL LOGOS BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL (INCLUDING DAMAGES FROM LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOST PROFITS, LITIGATION, OR THE LIKE), SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATING TO THE WEBSITE, YOUR WEBSITE USE, OR THE CONTENT OR MATERIALS, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.  YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE WEBSITE AND/OR CONTENT IS A REFUND OF AMOUNTS PAID TO LOGOS AND TO CEASE ALL OF YOUR WEBSITE USE. 

Some states and other jurisdictions may not allow this limitation of liability, so the forgoing disclaimer may not apply to you if prohibited by applicable law.

 

Copyright Infringement Notice Policy

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under the U.S. copyright law. If you believe that your copyrighted material has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact Logos’ designated Copyright Agent and provide the following information:

A.            A description of the copyrighted work that allegedly has been infringed. 

B.             A description of the material that is claimed to be infringing and the URL of where such material is located on the Website, sufficient to permit Logos to locate the material.

C.             Your contact information, including an address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

D.            A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyright-protected material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

E.             A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

F.             Your physical or electronic signature.

Send this information to:

By mail:

Logos Bible Study
Attn: Copyright Agent
P.O. Box 420398

San Diego, CA 92142

By email:

info@logosbiblestudy.com

We suggest that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Also, be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.

 

Choice of Law

These Terms of Use shall be controlled by the laws of the State of California, giving no effect to any conflict principles.

 

Agreement to Arbitrate

Any and all disputes, conflicts, problems, controversies, or claims of any kind arising from the relationship of the parties, the Website, these Terms of Use, or the interpretation thereof, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, shall be shall be submitted to binding arbitration under the substantive and procedural requirements of the Federal Arbitration Act.  The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator chosen by the parties, conducted under the Consumer-Related Disputes Supplementary Procedures of the American Arbitration Association, conducted at San Diego, California  The parties agree that the arbitrator, and not a court, shall have exclusive jurisdiction over the interpretation, validity, and scope of this arbitration agreement.  The costs of the arbitration filing fee, arbitrator’s compensation, and facilities fees will be paid by Logos.  Each party shall pay for its own attorneys’ fees and costs.  Any dispute or claim shall be brought solely in that party’s individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action, representative proceeding, mass action or consolidated action.  Neither party shall file or maintain any lawsuit in any court against the other, and agree that any suit filed in violation of this arbitration agreement shall be dismissed by the court in favor of an arbitration conducted pursuant to this arbitration agreement and all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in enforcing this provision shall be paid by the party that filed the lawsuit, except that this provision does not affect either party’s right to seek relief in small claims court for disputes or claims within the scope of its jurisdiction.  If this arbitration agreement is declared unenforceable and cannot be administered, interpreted, or modified to be enforceable, the parties agree to waive any right to a jury trial with respect to any dispute to which the arbitration agreement applies.  This provision shall survive the termination of these Terms of Use.

BY ACCEPTING THESE TERMS OF USE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE WAIVING YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL AND ANY RIGHTS YOU MAY HAVE TO BRING ANY CLAIMS ON A CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE, CONSOLIDATED OR MASS ACTION BASIS.

 

Consent to Receive Notices Electronically

You consent to receive any agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications (collectively, “Notices”) to which these terms refer from us electronically, including without limitation by e-mail or other electronic communication technology that may hereafter be developed.  You agree that all Notices that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirements that such communications be in writing.  To withdraw your consent to receive Notices electronically, you must notify us of your withdrawal of such consent by emailing info@logosbiblestudy.com and discontinue your use of this Website.  In such event, all rights granted to you pursuant to these Terms of Use, including, without limitation, the licenses to use the Website set forth above, shall automatically terminate.  Also, please note that your consent to receive notices is separate from any election that you make with respect to receipt of marketing communications, which is discussed under the Privacy Policy.

 

Assignment

These Terms of Use and our rights hereunder may be assigned, in whole or in part, by Logos to a third party, in our sole discretion, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of substantially all of our assets, or otherwise, in whole or in part. You may not assign, sublicense, or delegate your rights hereunder.

 

Severability

If any provision of these Terms of Use shall be adjudged by any arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Terms of Use will otherwise remain in full force and effect.

 

Consent to Cross-Border Transfers

You acknowledge that your personal information may, at times, be accessible by individuals may be located worldwide including in countries that may have not been determined to provide the same level of data protection as in your country. By providing us with your personal information, you agree and consent to our use of such data and/or personal information in accordance with our Site privacy policy, including, without limitation, the transfer of your personal information across international boundaries.

 

 

PRIVACY POLICY

Note to All Users

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) is designed to inform you about the types of information Logos collects from you in connection with your use of the Services.  It is also intended to explain the conditions under which Logos uses and discloses that information and your rights relating to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information. 

Your Consent.  By using the Services, you consent to our collection and use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.  Please review the entire policy to learn about what type of information is gathered, how such information is used, and what information (if any) may be disclosed to third parties. 

Note to California Residents

Your California Privacy Rights.  California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents who have provided personal information to us or our third-party advertisers and marketing partners, if any, to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct-marketing purposes.  Requests should be submitted via email to info@logosbiblestudy.com and should include CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS in the subject line.  We will need your first and last name, mailing address, and email address in order to process your request.  Within thirty days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, if any, along with the names and addresses of these third parties, if any.  Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the requirements of Section 1798.83 and only information regarding covered sharing will be included in our response.  This request may be made no more than once per calendar year.

Note to European Union Residents

If you reside in the European Union please in particular note the contents of the paragraph titled “Additional Information for European Union Residents” at the end of this Privacy Policy.

Personally-Identifying Information We Collect

Personally-identifying information is collected when you voluntarily register, join our mailing list, submit an online enrollment form, request information, and/or purchase online courses from Logos (“Personal Information”).  Personal Information we may collect includes, but is not limited to, your first and last name, email address, username and password, training history, and use data.  If you communicate to us by e-mail, we will record the e-mail address from which you send your message.  Any telephone calls to and from Logos may be monitored and recorded for quality assurance and training purposes.  When you download or use apps created by Logos, we may receive information about your mobile device, including a unique identifier for your device. 

 

Non-Personally-Identifying Information We Collect

Non-personally identifying information or “Aggregate Information” is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person.  Like most website operators, we collect Aggregate Information about your activities online (such as the pages you access most frequently) through the use of cookies, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, click-through URLs, and domain name tracking.  If you have voluntarily disclosed Personal Information to Logos, some or all of the Aggregate Information may be linked to your Personal Information. 

Cookies.  A cookie is small data file stored on the hard drive that your browser provides to Logos when you visit certain web pages.  We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies.  For the session ID cookie, the data is temporarily stored on the user’s computer, but once users close the browser the cookie terminates.  A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time.  If you do not want to store cookies on your computer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.  However, some parts of the Services may not function properly if you choose not to accept cookies.  If you are concerned that you have created a cookie in a previous visit, you can delete cookies that are already stored on your hard drive by accessing your computer’s cookie file.

Computer Profiles. Logos may also collect and accumulate computer profile data which will help us understand and analyze the Internet experience of our visitors. For example, Logos may collect data relating to the type of browser used, operating system software, screen resolution, color capability, browser plug-ins, language settings, cookie preferences, search engine keywords and JavaScript enablement.

Internet Protocol (IP) Address.  Logos’ servers also automatically identify your computer by its Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider.  Your IP address does not identify you by name; however, it may reveal your geographic area and your Internet service provider.  Logos may match your IP address to your Personal Information. 

Click Through URLS.  Logos may send you e-mail messages with a “click-through URL” linked to the content of our Services.  When you click onto one of these URLs, you will pass through our server before arriving at the destination webpage.  Logos may track this click-through data to help us determine subscriber interest in the subject matter and measure the effectiveness of our subscriber communications.  You can avoid being tracked simply by not clicking on any links or images in the e-mail. 

Domain Name Tracking.  When you use our Services, we automatically record the name of the domain from which you accessed the Services.  Additionally, if you reach our Services by means of a link from another site, our computers will note the fact that you came to us from that linked site.

Analytics.  Logos may use one or more third party analytics programs, including but not limited to Google Analytics, to help analyze how users utilize the Services.  Google Analytics does not collect any Personal Information.  Google Analytics uses a single first-party cookie containing an anonymous identifier to distinguish users and to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Services (including IP address) is transmitted to Google.  This information is used to create statistical reports on user activity for Logos.  For more information about Google Analytics, including opt-out options, visit the Google Analytics privacy page at https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.

Use of Information Collected

Our primary purpose for collecting Personal Information and Aggregate Information (collectively “User Information”) is to provide you with products and services you request.  We may also use your User Information for the following purposes:

·               to provide services and customer support that you may request;

·               to correct problems, resolve disputes, and collect fees

·               improving and optimizing our Services;

·               to inform you about service updates and promotional offers;

·               to send newsletters and marketing materials;

·               to communicate with you about enrolling in one of our Bible study programs;

·               to communicate preferences which you have indicated;

·               to customize the advertising and content you see;

·               to verify information; or

·               for any other purpose disclosed at the point of collection.  

 

We may also use the information we collect on our Services as necessary to comply with legal requirements, to enforce our Terms of Use, to prevent fraud, to co-operate with law enforcement and regulatory authorities and to stop other prohibited, illegal, or harmful activities.

 

E-mail Opt-out.  If you no longer wish to receive our promotional e-mail communications, you may opt-out of receiving these communications by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the promotional emails or by emailing us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.  If you choose to opt-out of receiving promotional e-mail, we may still send you administrative emails regarding Logos, including, for example, administrative and transactional confirmations, notices of updates to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, and email receipts and shipping confirmations for any goods or services purchased using the Services. 

 

Information We Share

Logos does not sell, rent, or trade Personal Information to any third party.  Additionally, Logos does not disclose any Personal Information to any third party for that party’s own marketing purposes.  However, Logos may disclose Personal Information to third party service providers hired to perform internal business functions on our behalf.  Logos may also share Aggregate Information with third parties for advertising and promotional purposes.  Further, we may disclose Personal Information to government/regulatory agencies as Logos deems reasonably necessary to comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

 

User Disclosures.  Some Personal Information is disclosed as a matter of course as a result of your use of the Services.  Any Personal Information shared using our Services or on another website (such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter) may become public information. You should exercise caution when disclosing information to third parties or in public forums. Content shared between users of our Services, including advice and opinions, represent the views and are the responsibility of those who post the content.  We do not necessarily endorse, support, verify, or agree with the content posted.  If you have any questions or comments about any content posted using our Services, please contact us at the address below.

USERS ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM THEIR OWN VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION IN PUBLIC FORUMS.

Legal Disclaimer Concerning Subpoenas and Other Matters.  We reserve the right to release account and User Information about you when Logos believes, in its sole discretion, that such release is appropriate to (1) comply with the law, legal process, or law enforcement requests; (2) protect and defend our rights, property, safety or other interests including those of any parent, company, subsidiary, affiliate and shareholder, or others; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our Services and to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

Business Transitions.  Logos reserves the right to transfer all User Information in its possession in the event Logos goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets.  Similarly, your User Information may be passed on to a successor in interest in the event of a reorganization, reconstruction, liquidation, bankruptcy or administration.  Users will not be notified of any such change of ownership or control of their User Information.

Location, International Transfer, and Choice of Law.  By accessing and/or using the Services, you acknowledge and agree that Logos operates the Services from its offices located in the United States.  If you use the Services from the European Economic Area or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that differ from laws of the United States, then you understand and consent to the transfer of your User Information to the United States for the uses identified above, in accordance with this Privacy Policy and the laws of the United States. You acknowledge and agree that the privacy and data security laws in place in the United States may be different from the privacy and data security laws in force in the country in which you reside.  By voluntarily providing User Information, you hereby agree that you are consenting to our collection, use, transfer, processing, storage, and disclosure of such User information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and that such collection, use, storage, and disclosure shall be governed by the laws of the United States.

Children's Privacy

The Services are intended for adult use only and is not directed towards children, minors or anyone under the age of 18.  If you are under the age of 13, you are not authorized to provide us with any personally identifying information.  If the parent or guardian of a child under 13 believes that the child has provided us with any personal data, the parent or guardian of that child should contact us at the address below and ask to have this personal information deleted from our files.  We appreciate your cooperation with this federally mandated requirement.

Links To Third Party Sites

The Services may contain links to sites other than our own (“Third Party Websites”).  Also, Logos may direct you to a Third Party Website for processing online payments in connection with products or services purchased from Logos.  Logos does not receive or otherwise have access to the information you submit to such Third Party Websites.  The Third Party Websites may not follow the same privacy policies as Logos.  We have no responsibility for Third Party Websites and provide links to Third Party Websites solely for your convenience.  Third Party Websites may send their own cookies and pixel tags to you, and may collect information and use it in a way inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.  Logos does not control the content that appears on these sites and takes no responsibility for their content, nor should it be implied that Logos endorses or otherwise recommends Third Parties Websites or their products or services offered. 

Security

No transmission of data over the Internet is guaranteed to be completely secure.  Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your submissions to the Services, any content residing on our servers, or any transmissions from our server will be completely secure.  It may be possible for third parties to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully.  Any such transmission is done at your own risk. 

Accessing and Updating Personal Information

If you would like to review, edit or delete any of the information we have collected from you, or if you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.  In some cases, we may not be able to delete your personal information and will retain and use our information as long as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and/or enforce our agreements.

Additional Information for European Union Users

 

“Personal data”. For users located in the European Union, references to “personal information” in this Privacy Policy are equivalent to what is commonly referred to as “personal data” in the European Union.

 

About IP addresses. Our servers record the incoming IP addresses of visitors to our website (whether or not the visitor has a Logos user account) and store the IP addresses in log files. We use these log files for purposes such as system administration and maintenance, record keeping, tracking referring websites, inferring your location, and security purposes (e.g. controlling abuse, spam and DDOS attacks). If you have a Logos user account we also store IP addresses along with certain actions you take on our system. By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you expressly consent to Logos using your IP address for the foregoing purposes. If you wish to opt out from the foregoing consent to use your IP address, you must cancel your Logos user account (if you have one).

 

Data controller. Logos Educational Corporation of P.O. Box 420398, San Diego CA 92142 is the data controller for registration, billing, and other account information that we collect from users in the European Union.

Accessing and correcting your personal data. You have the right to access and correct the personal information that Logos holds about you. This right may be exercised by contacting us at info@logosbiblestudy.com.

Consents. By clicking “I Agree” or any other button indicating your acceptance of this Privacy Policy, voluntarily providing User Information, and/or using our Services, you expressly consent to the following:

·               the collection, use, disclosure and processing of your personal data in the manner described in this Privacy Policy, including our procedures relating to cookies, IP addresses and log files.

 

·               the transfer of your data to a data controller and data processors located in countries, including the United States, which do not have data protection laws that provide the same level of protection that exists in countries in the European Economic Area. Your consent is voluntary, and you may revoke your consent by opting out at any time. Please note that if you opt-out, we may no longer be able to provide you our Services.

 

·               us sharing your personal data with relevant persons working for service providers who assist us to provide our Services; and

 

·               if you have enabled cookies on your web browser, to our use of cookies as described in this Privacy Policy.

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