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The Impact of the Situational Contexts for Paul’S Use of Baptismal Traditions in his Letters

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This chapter deals with three problems: firstly, the pre-Pauline baptismal traditions, secondly, the situational contexts, and thirdly, Paul's own use of these traditions in various situations. It deals with the situational contexts of 1 Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans respectively. Under the supposition of the unity of 1 Corinthians it is pertinent first to deal with the question of the letter's genre and secondly to address the question of the form and function of the first four chapters in this letter to reconstruct pragmatic situation behind the letter. The Letter to the Galatians has been characterized as mainly apologetic. After having established the existence of the three different pre-conceived baptismal formulas as well as different situations in the Churches addressed, the authors return to the question of whether it is necessary to reckon with a development in Paul's theological thinking or in his way of carrying out his argumentation?

Keywords: baptismal traditions; Corinthians; Galatians; Romans; Paul's letters; situational contexts



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