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Introduction To The Task

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Throughout the history of biblical interpretation, theologians consider Eph 2:11-22, which describes the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles in Christ, as the focal text in Ephesians for the theme of peace, unity, and reconciliation. The commentary tradition generally recognizes the importance of the theme of unity and peace for Ephesians. This chapter presents initial evidence that shows the possibility of reading the entire letter of Ephesians as a politico-religious letter on peace. It examines the works of two scholars, Eberhard Faust and Ann Holmes Redding, who undertook a similar enterprise, noting the difficulties of their approaches and suggesting various guidelines to alleviate them. The chapter investigates the topos of peace in Ephesians focuses on its rhetorical character. The author adopts a literary-rhetorical approach as he compares Ephesians to Colossians, Dio's orations, and the Confucian Four Books.

Keywords: Ann Holmes Redding; Christ; Colossians; commentary tradition; Confucian Four Books; Eberhard Faust; Ephesians; Jews; rhetorical character



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