The Pastoral Epistles: Sacra Pagina [SP]   -     By: Benjamin Fiore
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Michael Glazier Books / 2007 / Hardcover

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First and Second Timothy and Titus have for many years borne the collective title "The Pastoral Epistles." Both their style and their content make it difficult to locate them within the corpus of Pauline letters, and recent scholarship most often considers them pseudonymous, works that imitate Paul's letters but apply the apostle's teaching to the concerns of a later time, two or more decades after Paul's death.
The Pastorals differ from what Fiore assumes are Paul's own letters in being addressed to single individuals, coworkers of Paul who have been placed in charge of particular churches-Timothy apparently in Ephesus, Titus in Crete. They provide instruction for community leaders, both the individual addressees and other leaders whom they will appoint. The specification of certain offices within the local churches is one of the features that appear to locate these works in a later phase of church development.
In this commentary Benjamin Fiore, S.J., places the Pastorals in a modernist historical and literary context. The reader will find here an introduction to parallel literary forms in Latin and Greek literature and descriptions of the way in which these documents use ancient rhetorical forms to achieve their paraenetic and hortatory purpose. Drawing on his parish experience as well as his academic training, Fiore also provides reflections on the contemporary pastoral application as well.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 251
Vendor: Michael Glazier Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0814658148
ISBN-13: 9780814658147
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Series: Sacra Pagina

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First and Second Timothy and Titus have for many years borne the collective title The Pastoral Epistles." Both their style and their content make it difficult to locate them within the corpus of Pauline letters, and recent scholarship most often considers them pseudonymous, works that imitate Paul's letters but apply the apostle's teaching to the concerns of a later time, two or more decades after Paul's death.

The Pastorals differ from Paul's own letters in being addressed to single individuals, coworkers of Paul who have been placed in charge of particular churches 'Timothy apparently in Ephesus, Titus in Crete. They provide instruction for community leaders, both the individual addressees and other leaders whom they will appoint. The specification of certain offices within the local churches is one of the features that appear to locate these works in a later phase of church development.

In this commentary Benjamin Fiore, SJ, places the Pastorals in their historical and literary context. The reader will find here a solid introduction to parallel literary forms in Latin and Greek literature and particular descriptions of the way in which these documents use ancient rhetorical forms to achieve their paraenetic and hortatory purpose. Drawing on his parish experience as well as his academic training, Fiore also provides reflections on the contemporary pastoral application of these books, giving readers a renewed appreciation for the "pastoral" label these epistles bear.

Benjamin Fiore, SJ, is president and professor of religious studies at Campion College at the University of Regina (Canada).

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Benjamin Fiore, SJ, is president and professor of religious studies at Campion College at the University of Regina (Canada).

Editorial Reviews

[A]n excellent commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, I would recommend it for courses in Paul as well as the history of the early church.

Catholic Books Review

[R]eaders will find this commentary most helpful for matters of exegesis, ecclesiology, and biblical as well as Greco-Roman parallels, and least helpful for issues related to the theology and place of the Pastoral Epistles in the development of the early church.
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

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