Paul the Letter Writer. By Chan Wai Hung. Introduction. Each Paul’s letter : Deal with different problems and issues Facing particular communities Distinctive contents Particular themes Is there any `Overall’ theology of Paul?. 1 Thessalonians. Place: from Corinth Time: 41-50CE
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By Chan Wai Hung
Each Paul’s letter :
Is there any `Overall’ theology of Paul?
urged to live holy life and love one another,
change of the church to other gospel,
urged to live holy life and love one another
Application of Jewish Law and circumcision,
Christian live in Spirit not under law,
issues connected with those divisions
(sexual immorality, taking case to court,
worship appearance, the Lord’s Supper,
use of spiritual gifts, the resurrection…etc. )
comparing Paul with his opponents,
to his owner
selfless love to one another
Tensions between Jewish and Gentile Christian,
justified by faith, released from sin by
dying with Christ, new life in the Spirit
Can we read Paul’s letter without the context?
Is there any difference between reading Paul’s letter as `overall’ Theology and as contextual response?
Social Scientific approach
Greco-Roman Rhetoric :
the art of public speaking to persuade the listeners
Hans Dieter Betz:
The rhetorical structure of Galatians :
Exhortation and instruction
Three Types of rhetoric identified
Forensic or Judicial: persuade to make judgment of past events
Deliberative: persuade to take action in future
Epideictic: persuade to reaffirm points at present
1 Corinthians as Deliberative rhetoric
Use of theories from Anthropology and Sociology
understand relationship between early Christians and the wider world
The social level of the Pauline Christians
GerdTheissen (1974) : Corinth Church
Justin Meggitt(1998) `new consensus’
The character of the Pauline congregations
Robin Scroggs (1975): NT Church as Sociological `sects’
Leadership in the Pauline churches
3 levels of authority relationship of Paul:
Relationship between Paul and the Roman Empire
Richard Horsley, (1997)
A modern debate about position of women in society and church.
`In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Orgins‘,1983
The earliest Christianity :
(i.e. Jesus movement & Pauline Church)
Correction of interpretations of Paul’s teaching about women in Church:
Paul’s impact on women’s leadership in Christian missionary.
Paul’s impact on women’s leadership in Christian missionary movement is double edged.