This volume comprises seven essays by Hans Dieter Betz dealing with contested passages or issues in Paul's most difficult and personal letter written during his imprisonment in Rome. The chapters represent exegetical investigations and apply the methods of rhetorical and literary criticism, including philological and historical analysis. As a result, Betz is able to offer new proposals for interpreting the apostle's unique last message to his churches. The proposals explore the letter's literary composition, genre and history; furthermore they examine Paul's situation prior to his presumed martyrdom, his expectations for the future and his relation to his churches.
Author: Vemund Blomkvist
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Release Date: 2012-10-30
The auxiliary material preserved in New Testament manuscripts has been neglected by scholars. The present study treats the Euthalian paraphrases and the biblical text of Acts and the Letters together, as a ‘system’. The book is of interest to students of the reception of the New Testament. It also includes a study on the meta-terminology of the apparatus, written in collaboration with David Hellholm.
Author: Bernhard Oestreich
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2016-10-28
Receiving a letter from Paul was a major event in the early churches. Given the orally oriented culture of the time, a letter was designed to be read out loud in front of an audience. The document was an intermediate state for the local transport of the message, but the actual medium of communication was the performance event. This event was embedded in the written text in a manner comparable to a theater script. After careful preparation because of high expectations from ancient audiences, a presenter embodied the message with his voice, gazes, and gestures and made it not only understood but jointly experienced. After presenting a short history of performance criticism, this book clarifies what is meant by the highly ambiguous term "performance" and develops steps to analyze ancient texts in order to find and understand the embedded signals of performance. This leads to a critical assessment of the potential of performance criticism as a method. Then, the method is applied to the Pauline Epistles and other early Christian letters. It proves to be highly rewarding: difficult passages become comprehensible, new aspects come to light, the text's impact on the audience is felt--in short, the texts come alive.
The collected essays provide a cross section of Hans-Martin Schenkes immense work in the field of New Testament, Gosticism, and Coptology that span a lifetime of scholaship in which he produced highly valued Coptic text editions as well as theological writings.
Author: James D. G. Dunn
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2014-10-16
In this volume in the celebrated New International Greek Testament Commentary series, James D. G. Dunn, author of numerous well-received works on the historical origin and theological interpretation of the New Testament, provides detailed expositions of the text of Paul s letters to the Colossians and to Philemon. Dunn examines each of these letters within the context of the Jewish and Hellenistic cultures in the first century, and he discusses the place of Colossians and Philemon in the relationship between the Pauline mission and the early churches that received these letters. He places particular stress on the role of faith in Jesus Christ within and over against Judaism and on the counsel of these two important letters with regard to the shaping of human relationships in the community of faith.