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The Problem of the Pastoral Epistles: An Important Hypothesis Reconsidered

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From the end of the eighteenth century onwards, most critical study of the letters to Timothy and Titus, collectively known as the Pastoral Epistles (PE), has been predominated by the question of authorship. One of the studies which for many contemporary scholars continue to be decisive in this regard is that of Percival Neale Harrison, The Problem of the Pastoral Epistles. In this landmark study, Harrison by means of statistical analyses argued that the PE are based on some genuine Pauline fragments but in their final shape are the product of a Paulinist living in the early years of the second century CE. Most of the 306 Pastoral hapaxes found by Harrison occur in only one of the PE and differ from one another as much as they differ from the non-Pastoral Paulines.

Keywords: Pastoral Epistles (PE); Pauline fragments; Percival Neale Harrison; Timothy



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