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Paul's description of the 'spiritual world' combines elements familiar from the rest of the New Testament (angels and demons, etc.) with his own less personal, more abstract concept of 'principalities and powers'. However, Paul shows relatively little interest in angels and demons conventionally...
Parable interpretation is currently dominated by the view that Jesus' parables had a dynamic and life-changing effect on his audiences. This article challenges that view, arguing that it arises from an inappropriate application of the theological view of parables as 'language-events' to...
Christianity began as a religious movement alive with prophetic activity. As a counterpoint to the Christian affirmation of prophecy, the issue of cessation of prophetic activity is addressed in the New Testament. Paul and the author of 2 Peter responded to a growing climate of skepticism of...
The essay focuses attention on a neglected aspect in rhetorical analysis of Paul's epistles: the pathetic proofs, or appeals to the emotions. Following a sketch of the role of emotional appeals in the ancient theory of composition, criteria are delineated for identifying the pathetic proofs of a...
The Graeco-Roman world was a strongly collectivist, authoritarian and patriarchal society that understood people in terms of fixed stereotypes. As such, manumission per se would not have fundamentally changed the relationship between slaves and masters. Therefore, Paul's intention in his letter...
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