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25 Paraenesis in the Epistle to Titus

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This chapter treats the paraenesis in the Epistle to Titus without regard to the supposed character of the letter as a church order, a supposition the author considers dubious. The salutation in Titus (1:1-4) is, with the exception of those in Romans and Galatians, the longest in the Pauline corpus. It provides Paul's bona fides, and performs a number of functions, one of which is of interest to us, namely, the description of Titus as γνήσιον τέκνον and its significance for the paraenetic character of the letter. In the Epistle to Titus, the philophronetic element is exhibited throughout the letter in the confidence that Paul has in Titus. The language of the Epistle to Titus shares many features with paraenetic style. One of the most characteristic features of paraenesis is its use of antitheses. Remembrance or reminder plays a role in the Pastoral Epistles (PE).

Keywords: church order; paraenetic text; Pastoral Epistles (PE); Paul's letters; Titus



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