Paul the Letter-Writer: His World, His Options, His Skills  -     By: Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
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Paul the Letter-Writer: His World, His Options, His Skills

Liturgical Press / 1995 / Paperback

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How did Paul use his secretaries? Did he rely on co-authors? Did his rhetorical education affect the way he organized his material? This unusual book confronts these questions on the basis of extensive quotations from classical Greek and Latin authors. A synoptic survey of the beginnings and ends of the letters brings out the extent to which Paul both used and adapted current apistolary conventions. At the same time it draws attention to his mood while writing and to his relations with the recipients. The effect is to humanize the Pauline letters and make their complex theology less daunting.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 152
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0814658458
ISBN-13: 9780814658451
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Paul's letters are intensely human documents. In the examination of such basic human questions as What did he write the letters with?" "Did he use a secretary to record them?" and "What was his personal writing style?" much real information can be gathered regarding his thought without intimidating the average reader.

Scholar Jerome Murphy-O'Connor has put together such a work, one that, tapping into his knowledge of classical Greek and Latin writings, addresses the physical nature of a first-century letter as well as the actual composition, presentation, and question of authorship collaborative or other of the Pauline letters. The formal features of the letters and their organization show the extent to which Paul adapted current epistolary conventions. At the same time, they draw attention to his mood while writing and his relationship with the recipients. Father Murphy-O'Connor also investigates the question of how these letters, written to widely scattered churches, were brought together to form the Pauline canon.

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, OP, has been professor of New Testament at the famous ecole Biblique in Jerusalem since 1967. A frequent lecturer in summer sessions in the United States, he has written widely on Paul's life and theology. In addition to his 1 Corinthians and Becoming Human Together: The Pastoral Anthropology of St.Paul, The Liturgical Press has published his St. Paul's Corinth: Texts and Archaeology, which does for Corinth what this book does for the Pauline letters: reveal their character.

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Author Bio

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor is one of the world's foremost authorities on the writings of Saint Paul of Tarsus. He has been a professor of New Testament at the ?cole Biblique of Jerusalem since 1967. He is the author of numerous works, including St. Paul's Ephesus, St. Paul's Corinth, and Paul the Letter-Writer, all published by Liturgical Press.

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This book is packed with useful information and challenging new proposals that should be carefully considered by scholars.

Journal of Biblical Literature

This book will be a standard for decades.
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Readers interested in Paul will love this book.
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