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Preformed Traditions and Their Implications for Pauline Christology

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This chapter sketches a comprehensive study with its new paradigm of the history of early Christianity. It shows the implications of certain preformed traditions in Paul's letters for the origins of the Apostle's Christology. For the Synoptic Gospels the study of expository forms discloses one clear dominical proem midrash and numerous yelammedenu rabbenu type midrashim. An examination of Gospel narratives reveals two stock patterns on which the large majority was constructed. The first pattern has the following structure: Setting + Appeal to Jesus + Jesus' Response + Reactions. The second pattern uses biblical quotations and allusions to frame the narrative. The Pauline mission was based initially at Antioch. But it ranged across the breadth of the Roman world and was situated successively at Ephesus, Caesarea Palestine, Rome and Spain.

Keywords: Gospel traditions; Pauline Christology; Synoptic Gospel



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