Religion 1005 -- Discussion Ques.

Religion 1005 -- Discussion Ques. - What does the term...

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1. What does the term pseudepigraphical refer to and why is it important for scholars? Question of whether a written document was written by the person whose name the document bears. 2. Name two of Paul's co-authors and describe their role in Paul's letters. Sosthenes(1 Cor. 1:1) and Timothy (2 Cor. 1:1) could have had some influence, or devlivered the letters 3. In what way were Paul's letters atypical? They were extremely long 4. Describe the basic structure of an ancient letter. 5. Why do some scholars argue that Paul has had a disproportionate influence on Christianity today? Essay 1. What criteria do scholars and historians use to determine the authenticity of a letter? (You may use Paul’s letters as an example in your discussion. Intristic probability – letters with moral value or ethical responsibility were probably not written by frauds. Reliability of church tradition – Language and style – suspected pseudo. Letters are written in a style that the author would not have used. Letters from the same author are often compared to determine if the documents have similar structure. Paul’s letters sometimes have different styles, but this could also have been due to his co-authors’ influences. Theological Inconsistencies – Scholars sometimes find pseudo. Letters with theological facts written in them that the actual author may not agree with. Historical Anachronism – Pseudo. Letters often reflect historical ideas or circumstances associated with a time later than the period when the actual author would have lived. 1. Who was the founder of Christianity? Please explain.
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Paul, because he took the word of Jesus and actually spread it to the world. By the end of Paul’s career, those who believed in Jesus were organized into churches that had a structure to them. Paul was the founder of the new religion called Christianity. Jesus did remarkable things, but did not see the creation of any type of world religion. 2. What do we learn about Paul from his letters? Paul was both a martyr and convert. 3. What kind of a network did Paul have, and for what purpose? 4. What was the “apostolic council”? Meeting in Jerusalem to discuss Gentile position in Christianity. The decision was that no circumcision was required, but other restrictions would apply. 5. What evidence is there for Paul's “exalted view of Christ”? (1 Cor. 15) Jesus is not a second God, he is God’s son who makes God visible and accessible to human beings. Jesus was more than just a human prophet or messiah, but God’s son who existed before he became man, and still exists in Heaven. Essay 1. How does Paul’s Christology relate to his ethics? Be sure to use specific examples of both the Christology and the ethics.
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