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Prayer As Theological Reflection The Function Of Prayer In Ephesians

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At the end of the first century, a student of Paul's used a number of the Apostle's letters in an attempt to develop an understanding of the church that Paul had created. The opening section of Ephesians is striking in a number of ways. One of the unusual features of the opening is that the disciple has expanded his master's standard thanksgiving into two prayers: a berakhah (1:3-14) immediately followed by the thanksgiving proper (1:15-23). The combination of the two texts in the New Testament is unusual, although some think that the combination goes back to an exegetical tradition. The Christological text of Ephesians celebrates God's actions in Christ, especially his exaltation. The prayers expressed Paul's genuine concern for the readers whom he addressed. This is certainly the case in 1 Thessalonians where the prayers express Paul's appreciation and concern for the Thessalonians.

Keywords: Apostle; berakhah; Christ; Ephesians; New Testament; Paul; Thessalonians



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