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21 On the Writing of Commentaries

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The commentator has a special responsibility to lay out the significance of the linguistic architecture of the text. The author's commentary could be used to good effect in intermediate Greek courses. In 1 Thess 2, Paul describes his ministry to the Thessalonians in a series of antithetic statements such as that he was not motivated by error or impurity, nor did he speak with guile, but that he spoke as being entrusted with the gospel of God. The author's commentary on the Pastoral Epistles is different from the one on Thessalonians mainly because the two sets of letters differ as to their literary character and purpose. A good example of how not to use parallels is the article on 1 Tim 6:3-12 in a recent issue of Novum Testamentum.

Keywords: Novum Testamentum; Thessalonians



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