Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles

ISBN-10: 0802824889

ISBN-13: 9780802824882

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ben Witherington, Ben Witherington

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This volume completes Ben Witherington??'s own contributions to the Eerdmans socio-rhetorical series of commentaries on the New Testament. Besides the usual features of this series, Witherington offers an innovative way of looking at Colossians, Ephesians, and Philemon as inter-related documents written at different levels of moral discourse. Colossians is first order moral discourse (the opening gambit), Ephesians is second order moral discourse (what one says next after the opening salvo to the same audience), and Philemon is third order moral discourse (what one says to a personal friend or intimate). Witherington successfully analyzes these documents as examples of Asiatic rhetoric, explaining the difference in style from earlier Pauline documents. He further shows that Paul is deliberately engaging in the transformation of existing social institutions. As always, Witherington??'s work is scholarly and engaging, and will be welcome on any shelf.
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List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Differences in Rhetorical Style
The Different Rhetorical Situations
Other Stylistic Objections to the Pauline Character of Ephesians and Colossians
Epistolary and Rhetorical Structures
The Social Settings of Paul and of His Audiences
An Annotated Bibliography
The Letter to Philemon
The Epistolary Prescript - vv. 1-3
Thanksgiving/Exordium - A Refresher Course - vv. 4-7
A Closer Look: When Rhetoric Is Not Mere Rhetoric
An Appeal for a Useful Servant - vv. 8-16
A Closer Look: Paul in Chains, Onesimus in Bondage
Peroratio - Summing Up and Touching the Heart of the Matter - vv. 17-22
A Closer Look: The Cost of Manumission
Epistolary Conclusion - vv. 23-24
Bridging the Horizons - Philemon
The Letter to the Colossians
The Authorship of Colossians
Further Thoughts on the Relationship of Colossians and Ephesians
The False Teaching/Philosophy in Colossae
The Theology of Colossians
The Occasion of Colossians
Epistolary Prescript - 1.1-2
Exordium/Thanksgiving Prayer - 1.3-14
Narratio - The Pattern of Christ - 1.15-20
A Closer Look: The Formation of the Christ Hymn
Propositio/Partitio - 1.21-23
Probatio - Argument One - Minister of the Mystery - 1.24-2.5
Probatio - Argument Two - The Bone of Contention - 2.6-3.4
A Closer Look: The Colossian "Philosophy"
A Closer Look: The Theological Substance of Colossians
Probatio - Argument Three - The Necessity of Virtue - 3.5-4.1
Vice and Virtue Lists - 3:5-17
The Household Code - 3:18-4:1
A Closer Look: Evaluating the Household Codes Fairly in Paul's Context
A Closer Look: Paul on Marriage and Slavery in Context
Peroratio - Prayer and Wisdom - 4.2-6
Epistolary Closing - 4:7-18
Bridging the Horizons - Colossians
The Homily Called Ephesians
Homilies in the New Testament Era
Ephesians as a Letter to Ephesus?
Epideictic Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Sermon-Making
Epistolary Prescript - 1.1-2
Exordium - A Blessing of a Eulogy - 1.3-14
A Closer Look: For Heaven's Sake
Thanksgiving Prayer/Captatio Benevolentiae - 1.15-23
A Closer Look: The Ethos of Community in Ephesians
Narratio - Gentiles Then and Now and Their Apostle - 2.1-22; 3.2-13
Concluding Prayer and Doxology - 3.1, 14-21
Exhortatio - Reminder of Community Values and Virtues - 4.1-6.9
The Formation of a More Perfect Union - 4.1-16
A Closer Look: What Goes Up Must Come Down - Pneumatic Exegesis
New Creatures - 4-17-24; Putting Off and Putting On - 4.25-32
The Imitation of God, the Image of Holiness - 5.1-21
Christians in the House - 5.21-6.9
A Closer Look: The Christian Household Code Revisited
Peroratio - Standing notwithstanding the Opposition - 6.10-20
Epistolary Postscript - The End of the Matter - 6.21-24
Bridging the Horizons - Ephesians
Index of Authors
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings
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