Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Hermeneutical Issues in Canonical Pseudepigrapha: The Head/Body Motif in the Pauline Corpus as a Test Case

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter engages some hermeneutical issues associated with reading canonical pseudepigrapha. Such issues reach a pinnacle in the context of the Pauline canon, which can be divided between those letters whose authenticity is generally accepted, and those letters whose authenticity is disputed or rejected outright. Traditional readings often promote a stark distinction between the body imagery in Romans and 1 Corinthians and the more explicit body/head imagery in Colossians and Ephesians. This view tends to be based upon a hermeneutic that necessarily views deutero-Pauline letters as developments or adaptations from earlier and authentic expressions of Pauline thought. Rather than understanding Christ's headship of the body as a metaphor for authority or source, the author proposes that this headship is a divine gift, an organic feature of bodies, with the purpose of promoting and producing ecclesial unity and maturity.

Keywords: canonical pseudepigrapha; Christ's headship; deutero-Pauline letters; hermeneutical issues



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Paul and Pseudepigraphy — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation