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Sincerely, Paul: The Significance Of The Pauline Letter Closings

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In order to demonstrate the interpretative significance of the Pauline letter closings, the following approach is adopted. It begins with a formal analysis of the various epistolary conventions that typically occur in the letter closing in order to establish its typical or standard form. Then the chapter examines instances where Paul deviates from this expected form, showing that such changes in form are never fortuitous but due to a deliberate attempt by the apostle to adapt a closing convention in such a way that it echoessometimes even summarizes the major concerns or themes previously raised in the body of the letter. Even in certain instances where there is no significant change in the form of a closing convention, the chapter highlights the function that this convention has in serving the larger purposes of the letter as a whole.

Keywords: Paul; Pauline letter closing



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