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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which focuses on the psychagogue's method of exhortation, as well as on his perception of the status of his clients. According to the author, it is pertinent to focus on both the psychagogue's methods and perception of his clients, firstly, since the medium of the psychagogue's behavior is considered to be apart of his message; secondly, since charges leveled against ancient psychagogues, including Paul, focus on both words and deeds; thirdly, because of the common demand for consistency between words and deeds; and, fourthly, since the psychagogue's presentation of himself to his clients and his verbal means of exhortation reveal his view of their condition. The author argues that Epicurean practice is the closest comparison available when we focus on Paul's psychagogy and nurture of the proto-Christian communities.

Keywords: Epicurean psychagogy; Paul's psychagogy; proto-Christian communities



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