For some time the present writer has been impressed by certain verbal and phraseological correspondences between a number of ancient inscriptions, relating to temple building and public works, and a rather extensive metaphor in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. This paper will address some parallel features of form and content shared by a particular inscription of the 4th century B.C. from Arcadian Tegea and the Pauline metaphor (1 Cor 3. 9b–17), features which offer tangible assistance in the interpretation of the latter.
* The author gratefully acknowledges access to and extensive utilization of the facilities of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Project at the University of California, Irvine, throughout the research and writing stages of this paper. Special thanks are extended to Professor T. F. Brunner, Director, and his staff for their kind assistance.