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Style and Pseudonymity in Pauline Scholarship: A Register Based Configuration

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A significant consensus among New Testament scholars recognizes some level of pseudonymity within the Pauline canon; most Pauline scholars at the very least view the Pastoral letters as deutero-Pauline. The argument from "style" functions as the primary diagnostic used to make this evaluation. Studies in the Pastoral letters famously employ several (mainly) linguistic criteria to detect shifts in style on the typically unargued assumption that a shift in style necessarily entails a shift in authorship. This chapter questions that assumption based on theoretical and field research in sociolinguistics. Although the chapter is experimental, exploring the potential implications of a register design model of style for authorship studies in Pauline scholarship, the initial results gathered seem at least suggestive of the fruitfulness of a register design interpretation over pseudonymity based interpretations in evaluating language variation within the Pauline canon.

Keywords: Pastoral letters; Pauline scholarship; Pauline style; Pseudonymity



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