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Dissension over Paul (1:12-26)

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The section 1: 12-26 marks the beginning of the body of the Paul's letter. This chapter raises the question of conflict or tension in the Philippian letter. It shows that, as the section 1:12-26 focuses on the relationship between Paul and the Philippians, a surprising amount of material can be extracted about the tension between these two parties. The argument advances in two stages. First, the chapter points out several expressions and verses and evaluates their individual contribution to the thesis. At this stage the author deliberately make as little reference as possible to other verses in 1: 12-26, or to the overall argument of the section. In the second stage the chapter integrates the findings. As a result it strongly affirms the apologetic tenor of 1: 12-26, and its preparatory nature as laying down the theoretical foundation for the central parenetic sections of the letter.

Keywords: apologetic tenor; Paul's letter; Philippians

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