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Gospel Within The Constraints Of An Epistolary Form: Pauline Introductory Thanksgivings And Paul's Theology Of Thanksgiving

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This chapter outlines the development of such dissenting voices in an attempt to question the wisdom in approaching the Pauline thanksgiving periods mainly through source- and form-critical lenses. Schubert's work is significant in that it attempts to situate the Pauline letters within one plausible literary and cultural matrix within which the Pauline thanksgivings can be examined. First, in reaction to Schubert's emphasis on the Hellenistic context of Paul's letters, many have pointed to the significance of Jewish influences. Second, concerning the function of the Pauline introductory thanksgivings, most would recognize the significance of these introductory paragraphs in providing a preview of the theological emphases in the body of the respective epistles. Third, recent focus on the use of rhetorical-critical tools in analyzing Pauline epistles has further brought into question Schubert's analysis of the function of thanksgiving periods.

Keywords: Hellenistic context; Pauline epistles; Schubert's analysis; thanksgiving periods



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