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Opening Paul's Letters: A Reader's Guide to Genre and Interpretation

Opening Paul's Letters: A Reader's Guide to Genre and Interpretation

by Patrick Gray
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Gray (religious studies, Rhodes Coll.; Godly Fear: The Epistle to the Hebrews and Greco-Roman Critiques of Superstition) provides an easily accessible introduction to Paul's epistles and the canonical letters often attributed to him. Gray's careful literary analysis focuses especially on the letters' literary genre and on various subgenres found within the letters. As a diaspora Jew, Paul's native language was Greek, so Gray emphasizes Greek literary genres and forms, but he also references Hebrew literary customs. The book excels in placing Paul in his cultural context, in considering the characteristics of the audiences to whom he wrote, as well as in explaining how he read Scripture—specifically, the Septuagint. Gray also considers important issues of literary dating and of authorship, pseudonymity, and attribution in first-century C.E. culture. VERDICT An excellent undergraduate- or seminary-level introduction to Paul's writings and to the role of genre in literary interpretation, this will also interest general readers looking for a deeper understanding of the Pauline contributions to the Gospels.—Carolyn M. Craft, emerita, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801039225
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Gray (PhD, Emory University) is associate 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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