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How To Begin, And Why? Diverse Functions Of The Pauline Prescript Within A Greco-Roman Context

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This chapter provides a brief overview of diverse stylistic modifications that the Pauline prescript carries within letters attributed to Paul. It also provides a broad brush comparison of the different prescripts that Paul constructed. The chapter discusses about those letters whose authenticity is generally undisputed in New Testament studies, 1 Thessalonians, Philippians, Philemon, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans. It examines Paul's discursive acts of positioning within the prescript, not to determine how Paul and a fictive audience were discursively used to indirectly position another audience by an anonymous author, and therefore consideration of the disputed and apocryphal Pauline letters is excluded. The chapter explores the Pauline prescript with an appreciation for the discursive acts that the author takes for establishing both the tone and perspective of the letter. Letters in the Greco-Roman world offer a precedent for such an analysis of the Pauline prescripts.

Keywords: Corinthians; diverse functions; Galatians; Greco-Roman world; New Testament; Pauline prescript



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