Religion 280 - Reading Activity #2

Religion 280 - Reading Activity #2 - September 9 (Tuesday),...

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September 9 (Tuesday), 11 (Thursday)            Reading Activity#2:  Ancient Epistolography:  Reading other People’s Mail             Roetzel and Keck:  What are the characteristics of Pauline epistolography?             Readings:  Roetzel, 51-78; Keck, 16-32 Reading Exercise:  Conventions of Epistolary Style in Paul’s Letters  Review Roetzel and Keck, and be prepared to address the following concerns in relation to the  letter assigned to you (below). I.          Letter assignments             1 Thessalonians and Philemon                    1 Corinthians                                                  2 Corinthians                                                  Galatians and Philippians                              Romans                                               II.          Prepare your own responses to the following questions regarding each unit.  Please use  Roetzel’s delineation of the literary units, as expressed on the chart, p. 66.   Where you disagree with Roetzel’s delineation of the units, please be prepared to say why: 1) Thanksgiving 1:8-17 a) I think the thanksgiving should stop at verse 15 and the Body should begin at verse 16 The principal divisions of the Letter to the Romans are the following: 1. Address ( Romans 1:1-15 ) 2. Humanity Lost without the Gospel ( Romans 1:16 - 3:20 ) 3. Justification through Faith in Christ ( Romans 3:21 - 5:21 ) 4. Justification and the Christian Life ( Romans 6:1 - 8:39 ) 5. Jews and Gentiles in God's Plan ( Romans 9:1 - 11:36 ) 6. The Duties of Christians ( Romans 12:1 - 15:13 ) 7. Conclusion ( Romans 15:14 - 16:27 ) 1. Salutation:   a. How does Paul describe himself in the letter’s salutation?   i. “Slave of Christ Jesus”: 
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ii. “an apostle” iii. “set apart for the gospel of God” iv. Believer. Here Paul proclaims Jesus' sonship as 1) messianic descendant  of David (cf  Matthew 22:42 2 Tim 2:8 Rev 22:16 ) and as 2) Son of God  by the resurrection. v. In identifying himself, Paul often adds phrases to describe his apostolic  mission; this element is more developed in Romans than in any other  letter. vi. Elsewhere he associates co-workers with himself in the greeting:  Sosthenes (1 Cor), Timothy (2 Cor; Phil; Phl) Silvanus (1 Thes-2 Thes). In  Romans he does not. b.
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