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Much of the debate concerning the Pastoral Epistles of the New Testament (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus) has concentrated on the question of their authorship. The most reasonable explanation for them is that they were written in a post-Pauline context by one committed to commending his interpretation of Paul's legacy to his audience in order to secure it against the inroads of false teachers. However, little attention has been given to the persuasive strategies the author employs. This book, therefore, investigates the rhetoric by which the Epistles' author commended his actualization of the Pauline tradition. The strategies that the author uses derive from the sphere of ancient letter-writing and from oratory.
About the Author
The Author: Mark Harding received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994. He is a contributor to and Associate Editor of The Lord's Prayer and Other Prayer Texts from the Greco-Roman Era (1994) and Prayer from Alexander to Constantine: A Critical Anthology (1997). Currently Dean of the Australian College of Theology, Kingsford, New South Wales, he has lectured at Moore Theological College, Sydney, and at Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales.