Chapter

Pauline Theology

John Reumann

in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198262015
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.003.0006

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Pauline Theology

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Pauline theology opens up the question of the historical approach as against canonical criticism. On the one hand, ‘Pauline theology’ can mean the theology of the whole Pauline corpus, from all thirteen letters in the canon that claim to be by Paul. On the other hand, the phrase can mean, historically, the theology of Paul himself. Within the Pauline corpus, the pastoral epistles have a clear profile and, because of their differences from the acknowledged letters, even though some would find Paul's hand or at least fragments from his genuine letters in their production. Colossians and Ephesians form a subclass of Pauline thought, either later in his career (if the letters are genuinely his) or the work of the Pauline school, probably in the decades after Paul's martyrdom. Furthermore, this chapter also provides a list of key phrases in the order of frequency of occurrence in Paul's letters.

Keywords: Pauline theology; canonical criticism; theology; Colossians; Ephesians corpus; epistles

Chapter.  9121 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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