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An Obligation From Contract Law In Philemon 19 Characteristic Style And Juridical Background

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This chapter shows the relevance of the utilization of the language material preserved by documentary papyri and literary evidence from early Christian times by means of Philemon (Phlm) 19 that is by a single verse, and by considering its immediate context, Phlm 17-20. The goal of the chapter is actually to prove that there is a clearly juridical diction present in Phlm 19, which originates from legal everyday life and which is deliberately used in exactly this form by its author. The use of common terms from contract law and a juridical formula are essential for successfully marking out a definite attitude for the other party. Besides, the legal enforceability expressed in Phlm 19a makes Philemon aware of the gravity of the subject matter.

Keywords: contract law; documentary papyri; Philemon (Phlm) 19



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