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Issues in the Churches

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195161496
Published online April 2009 |
Issues in the Churches

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Christians have a tendency to read the letters in the New Testament, especially those of Paul, as a collection of rules for Christian living and definitions of Christian beliefs. This chapter demonstrates the situational nature of the letters in the New Testament, and their intended function of addressing specific issues and problems in the early church. Once their true nature as dealing with specific situations is perceived, the importance of understanding their historical and social context becomes clear. Armed with that understanding, one may properly approach the matter of appropriating their message for a modern setting.

Keywords: Christian letters; New Testament; Paul; Christianity

Chapter.  12934 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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