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Paul's Letter Paraenesis

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This chapter discusses paraenesis sections of Paul's letters both theologically and epistolographically. Paraenesis as a written or oral form is a vehicle for the transmission of social values on the one hand and a subversive power by idealists on the other hand. The main function of the Pauline paraenesis can be described in three aspects. First, an exhortation of interpersonal relationship is an important component with exhortation for humbleness in the Epistle to the Philippians as a good example. The second aspect of the Pauline paraenesis is related to the goal of keeping the Church pure from worldly influences. The third aspect is the household code (German Hausetafel) which provides a template for building a Christian household and addresses three specific relationships, husband-wife, parents-children and master-servant.

Keywords: Christian faith; Paul's letter paraenesis; Philippians; theological discussion



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