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Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: Volume 1: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John
Witherington III, Ben

Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006 pp. 656. $35.00


Description: Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians is the first of three volumes extending Ben Witherington's innovative socio-rhetorical analysis of New Testament books to the latter-Pauline and non-Pauline corpora. Throughout, Witherington shows his thorough knowledge of recent literature on these texts and focuses his attention on the unique insights brought about through socio-rhetorical analysis that either reinforces or corrects those gleaned from other approaches. Strikingly, based on his rhetorical analysis of the Pastorals, he makes the case for Luke as Paul's amanuensis for these letters. He also makes a strenuous argument against New Testament pseudepigrapha. "Bridging the Horizons" sections point to the relevance of the text for believers today, making this volume of special value to pastors and general readers as well as students and scholars.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism

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Review by Raymond F. Collins
Published 8/11/2007
Citation: Raymond F. Collins, review of Ben Witherington Iii, Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: Volume 1: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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