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A Moral Dilemma? The Epistolary Body Of 2 Timothy

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This chapter provides an overview of the structure of the letter body of 2 Timothy which assumes the theory and methodology of discourse analysis that can be found in A Discourse Analysis of the Letter to the Hebrews: The Relationship between Form and Meaning. It describes the grouping of 2 Timothy into sections of the body opening, the body middle and the body closing and recognize units and sub-units within the three sections. The chapter focuses on how the literary form of the letter is realized in 2 Timothy. It highlights how the body of the letter is primarily mapped on typical features of the register of moral exhortation which was common in speeches, letters and treatises. The Pauline authorship of 2 Timothy should be based on the text's own merits, rather than lumped with 1 Timothy and Titus and then negligently dismissed without further serious analysis.

Keywords: 2 Timothy; letter body

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