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Pseudepigraphy and Ethical Argument in the Pastoral Epistles
Donelson, Lewis R.

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015 pp. 230. $31.00

Description: By employing analyses of the literary structure of ancient pseudepigraphical letters and of the logical structure of ethical argument, this study discovers in the Pastoral Epistles a consistent theological ethic that has cosmological and cultic grounding. First, an investigation of Greco-Roman religious pseudepigraphical letters identifies those literary patterns that determine the form of argumentation in the Pastoral Epistles. Second, an investigation of the structure of ethical argument produces categories for organizing and analyzing the apparently disorganized arguments in these letters. Finally, this study concludes that the author of the Pastoral Epistles builds a coherent theological ethic by falsifying Pauline history and by grounding his ethical warrants in church officers.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Literary Approaches

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Review by Charles Bumgardner
Published 3/15/2018
Citation: Charles Bumgardner, review of Lewis R. Donelson, Pseudepigraphy and Ethical Argument in the Pastoral Epistles, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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