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The Paraenesis

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The paraenesis occupies a major portion of Ephesus (Eph.). Although there have been scholars who aver that there is a difference in the paraenetical material of Eph. and the HP, this is not of sufficient importance to constitute a serious objection against the authenticity of the epistle. The notions listed in Eph. derive from a mixed background and it is in the heterogeneous character of the paraeneses that Eph. and the HP correspond. It was W. Schrage who proved that there are many non-Christian themes and influences in the paraenetical material of these epistles. This chapter examines the underlying eschatological beliefs in the paraneses of the HP and Eph. Eph. introduces some of this fundamental paraenetical material. The paraenesis of Eph. does not essentially differ from those of the HP. Whatever differences exist are outweighed by the striking affinities which is have described in the chapter.

Keywords: Ephesus; epistle; eschatological beliefs; non-Christian themes; paraenesis

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