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The Disposition

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This chapter discusses formal aspects of the epistle which will serve to give an insight into the nature of the work and therefore also affect the judgement concerning its authenticity. To begin with, the chapter focuses on the disposition of the epistle; for it is desirable that the structure and composition of the whole be reviewed before certain details and facets are subjected to closer scrutiny. A number of elements present in the disposition are elements common to the ancient letter. This applies in the first place to the praescript. The praescript of Ephesus (Eph.) bears the typically Jewish character of all the pauline praescripts. A letter forms a written message. Eulogy can thus equally well function in a letter. Not only does Eph. contain the typical elements of the ancient letter, but also the sequence of these corresponds with the customary sequence of ancient letters.

Keywords: ancient letter; epistle; eulogy; praescript

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