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Introduction to Paul’s Letters – November 5, 2015 Early 3 rd century papyrus codex of Paul’s Letters Letters in the Greco-Roman World We have love letters, business letters, letters between friends, convincing of philosophical views, letters between military leaders, letters between kings, some in fragmentary form, some in their entirety Letters in the Greco-Roman World: Standard Format Paul’s follows the standard format And when he varies from the format, it is very telling Format 1. Opening a. Name of sender(s) b. Name of recipient(s) i. Person A writing to Person B ii. Always true c. Greeting (salutation) i. General greeting 2. Blessing of Thanksgiving for the Recipients (s) a. Often with a prayer b. Often recalls good past associations 3. Main Body a. Usually the longest part (not always) b. The main reason for writing c. Structure and rhetorical style varies depending on content 4. Closing a. Greetings from the writer(s) i. Wishing them well, may you have a peaceful summer b. Greetings from/to mutual friends i. Paul does this regularly, determines who was with him at a certain time and different movements and activities in a chronological pattern Format of Paul’s Letters Paul generally follows this standard format Sometimes he does vary, not arbitrary When he varies form this format, it is significant o 2 examples: 1 Thessalonians Blessing/thanksgiving covers more than half the letter Shows Paul’s cordial relationship with this church Galatians
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Omits blessings/thanksgiving; goes straight to the main body

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