Opening Paul's Letters: A Reader's Guide to Genre and Interpretation
A Reader's Guide to Genre and Interpretation
Opening Paul's Letters: A Reader's Guide to Genre and InterpretationAuthor: Associate Professor of Religious Studies Patrick GrayPublisher: Baker Publishing GroupCategory: Biblical Studies & Exegesis, Biblical Exegesis & HermeneuticsBook Format: Paperback
It is sometimes easy to forget that the books of the Bible are not really books at all but individual documents composed in a wide array of literary genres. This clear, concise, and accessible text on the Pauline Letters orients beginning students to the genre in which Paul writes. The book compares and contrasts Paul's letters with ancient and modern letters, revealing the distinctive conventions, forms, and purposes of Paul's Epistles. It focuses on the literary genre of the letter in ancient Greece and Rome, providing an overview of subjects, strategies, and concerns of immediate relevance for readers who wish to understand Paul in his ancient context. Discussion questions and sidebars are included.
Table Of ContentsIntroduction 1. Paul's Cultural Contexts 2. Letter Genres 3. How Paul Writes: Organizing a Letter and Making an Argument 4. Paul's Audiences 5. How Paul Reads the Old Testament 6. Pseudonymity: Did Paul Write Paul's Letters? Epilogue: Beyond Paul Appendix 1: Dating Paul's Letters Appendix 2: Defining Authorship Indexes
About Patrick GrayPatrick Gray (PhD, Emory University) is professor of religious studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of Godly Fear: The Epistle to the Hebrews and Greco-Roman Critiques of Superstition and the coeditor of several books, including Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction.
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|Artist / Author||Associate Professor of Religious Studies Patrick Gray|