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Pauline Chronology and the Question of Pseudonymity of the Pastoral Epistles

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This chapter addresses the issue of Pauline chronology in relation to the Pastoral Epistles. One of the factors, even if a relatively minor one compared to the others, that seems to have forced the Pastorals in the direction of being considered pseudepigraphal is their unsettled state within the established Pauline chronology, especially as established by the book of Acts. It has long been asserted that the Pastoral Epistles sit uncomfortably within the established Pauline chronology. The positing of a second Roman imprisonment alleviated some of the pressure, because, even if there is minimal evidence, this provides at least a position within an extended Pauline chronology. After discussing the basic evidence regarding chronological location found within the Pastoral Epistles, the chapter examines the three major views of Pauline chronology in relationship to Pauline letters, with an eye toward re-examining the issue of authorship.

Keywords: Pastoral Epistles; Pauline chronology; Roman imprisonment



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