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The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans: An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis
Tite, Philip L.

Leiden: Brill, 2012 pp. xiv + 158. $99.00

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Texts and Editions for New Testament Study, 7

Description: Challenging nearly two centuries of scholarship, this book offers the first close analysis of the apocryphal epistle to the Laodiceans. A near consensus in scholarship has emerged in which Laodiceans is dismissed as a random collection of phrases plucked from the undisputed Pauline letters, which lacks any organizational structure or theological sophistication. In The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans, Philip Tite offers a detailed analysis of this Latin letter by exploring the epistolary conventions utilized by the letter writer. What emerges is a pseudonymous text that is a carefully crafted paraenetic letter with a discernible rhetorical situation. By highlighting Laodiceansí use of Paul as a literary culture hero, Tite situates the letter within second-century Christian identity formation.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Epistles, Literature, The Epistle to the Laodiceans

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Review by Christopher R. Matthews
Published 7/30/2015
Citation: Christopher R. Matthews, review of Philip L. Tite, The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans: An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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