Hello, I am interested in the Corinthian Community at the turn of the century, as viewed through Paul's epistles and other extant evidence. Particularly, what type of group formed? Did the group form out of an existing group? What practices (rituals) were in place and/or developed into Christ-confessing practices? Some background: I wrote a paper which argued that 1 Cor. 12:3a was Paul's reference to the ancient practice of grave cursing where the ancient Corinthian community was using Jesus (perceived as some sort of underworld deity) to ward (protect) their graves. Thus, it was a "Jesus Curse" a curse which was laid as a trap to keep people (grave-robbers or others looking to bury their dead) away from the Corinthian communities' graves. (I should mention that Paul in the rest of the verse would rather the Corinthians focus their practices around "Lord Jesus" which is what 1 Cor. 12:3b mentions; however, my interest lies with the ancient Corinthians and not Paul's views). I was wondering if there are other people interested in studying the Ancient Corinthian Community from a non-confessional perspective, and if there are any thoughts on the type of community that may have been pre-existing before they became a Christ-confessing community.