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The Pauline School: Colossians, Ephesians, and 2 Thessalonians, Paulinists during and after Paul's Lifetime

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/9780198262015.003.0008

Series: Oxford Bible Series

The Pauline School: Colossians, Ephesians, and 2 Thessalonians, Paulinists during and after Paul's Lifetime

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Critics have been questioning, for more than a century and a half, the six letters, which carry the name of Paul as author (Ephesians and the pastorals) or co-author (Colossians, 2 Thessalonians). However, none of the six is by Paul himself, but the evidence is more compelling in some instances than in others. In each case, Paul is presented as writing a medium-sized letter from prison to cities in the province of Asia. The Letter to the Colossians seeks to rescue the Pauline understanding of Christ and salvation from a syncretistic onslaught. This restatement of Paul's gospel is carried through in a way that comes to terms with the Gentile-pagan world in which those addressed were living. The Letter to the Ephesians has also called forth vigorous debate in recent years over its context in the history of religions. Furthermore, the 2 Thessalonians has given new directions in apocalyptic eschatology.

Keywords: Pauline school; Ephesians; pastorals; Colossians; Christ; eschatology

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Subjects: Biblical Studies

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