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Stephanie Warner REL 175: Introduction to the Critical Study of Biblical Literature Critical Reading Exercise #15 White and Wilson, Chapter 10, pp. 162-167 In your own words, answer the following questions on the basis of what is found in this chapter in your textbook. 1) According to White and Wilson, what distinguishes the “Catholic Epistles” from the other types of letters in the New Testament? The Catholic Epistles are letters that were written to a general audience. Whereas the other letters of the New Testament were written a specific audience. The Catholic Epistles include James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude. Some scholars also include 1, 2, and 3 John. 2) What did Martin Luther conclude about the letter of James in the New Testament? He called the Book of James an “epistle of straw” and said that it should not have been in the New Testament. 3) In comparison with 1 Peter how was 2 Peter received into the canon of the New Testament?
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Unformatted text preview: 2 Peter received a much wider acceptance into the cannon of the New Testament than 1 Peter did. 4) According to White and Wilson, what is the problem with referring to Hebrews as a letter? Hebrews is more like a sermon or a theological tract than a letter. It makes no claim to authorship of Paul writing it. It establishes Jesus as the true successor to the tradition of the Jews, and is not an extension of it. Hebrews is nothing like the letters of Paul in style, form, or Christology. 5) What is the purpose of referring to the role of Melchizedek in the book of Hebrews? Hebrews says that Jesus is part of the superior priesthood of Melchizedek, which is greater than the later Levitical priesthood. The order of Melchizedek becomes the occasion to show how the sacrifice of Jesus becomes superior to and supersedes the old sacrificial system of the established Levitical priesthood of Judaism....
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