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Some peculiarities in the praescript and ending of the Epistle

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The old solution of Theodorus of Mopsuestia, namely that Paul had written the epistle at a time when he had not yet met the Ephesians is not adequate in that it overlooks the fact nothing is known of any imprisonment as described in this epistle, prior to the period of Paul's activities in Ephesus. The praeseript is that Paul alone is therein named as the sender of the epistle. This is also the ease in R. In all other epistles addressed either to a community or more than one community we find, besides Paul's, one or more additional names. This chapter draws attention to one more incorrect opinion on the subject of pauline praescripts. The greetings or blessings at the end of Eph. do not have striking affinities with the greetings at the conclusions of the other epistles. There are deeper affinities which become evident only upon closer investigation.

Keywords: Ephesians; epistle; Paul; pauline praescript



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