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Martin Parra5 Stars Out Of 5May 11, 2008Martin ParraThis is a very important and excellent commentary because L.T.Johnson is refuting theacademic consensus that claimed that the letters were inauthentic, in a skilled and well-founded manner. Formerly, Johnson had been an adherent to the majority position, butduring the course of his teaching he has begun the process of reexamination which resulted in his devotion to the contrary position. His own approach may be sketched asfollows: The letters to Timothy are real rather than fictional letters, they are to beunderstood within the framework of Pauls ministry (he proposes Acts 20,1-3) and the socio-historical realities of the first century. Each letter addresses a particular situation and must therefore be considered individually rather than as part of a group.They have to be compared within the Pauline corpus, e.g. 1Tim with 1Cor. Concerning the lack of any literal coherence - the strange combination of personal paraenesis and instructions about the community - Johnson draws a comparison with the royal correspondence (mandata principis) of the Roman emperors, and shows that 1Tim belongs toa well-established epistolary form. Furthermore, I have highly appreciated Johnsons outlines of the "real-life occasions" and the setting of the letters, andhis amount of source material, especially fromHellenistic moral discourse. In my view a veryrecommendable commentary!
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