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2. St. Paul wrote letters to unite the early Christian communities and to teach them about the life and
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work of Jesus Christ. a. Name the literary parts of Paul’s letters. - Paul’s letters consist of four parts. The greeting, thanksgiving, body, paraenesis, and the closing. The way that Paul wrote his letters is like the way that we are taught to write letters in grade school today. The greeting identifies who the sender of the letter is. It is a way for Paul to offer a sign of goodwill before people begin reading his letters. The thanksgiving is used as way to express thanks throughout the letter, in his letters he expresses thanks to God. It is an also a way to publicly celebrate the divine favor of kindness that God has given to us. The body portrays the message of the letter in a clear and concise way for the reader to be able to understand it. Parenthesis provides the reader with a summary of all the main points found within the body portion of the letter. Finally, the conclusion, contains the Doxology. The Doxology is the blessing to the father, son, and the Holy Spirit. When Paul wrote his letters, he wrote them to both the community and individuals, otherwise known as being written both publicly and privately. b. Read the Letter to the Galatians 2:1--3:23. What teaching in the Body of this Letter does Paul bring to the Gentiles and to Jews who are desirous of becoming Christians? - The letter of the Galatians is a letter to the Christian community of Galatia, headed by Peter the Apostle. Most of the community was made up of people who were Jewish, who now did believe in the message of Jesus Christ. The Gentiles who are not Jewish were also followers of Jesus Christ. This letter contained one critical question that caused a lot of conflict between Peter and Paul. This question was how much of the Jewish ways should these now Christians adhere to. - Paul describes the gospel message as contradicting the doctrine of salvation by grace and through good faith alone as presented in his letters. Paul was looked at as someone who was gaining a reputation in Judaism for being a relentless pursuer of the followers of Jesus, he showed no mercy to those that he apprehended. According to Paul the doctrine of salvation came straight to him from the Lord himself, and from this is where he received his authority.
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