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Bryan techniques St. Paul's letter to the Romans with a few goals in view. First, he desires to exhibit which literary sort or style may were noticeable via Paul's contemporaries as being exemplified within the letter. He additionally makes an attempt to figure out what we will be able to surmise of Paul's perspective and method of the Jewish bible. The learn includes dialogue of and comparability with different literature from Paul's time, position and milieu --- together with different writings attributed to Paul.
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More precisely, it is a "Greco-Roman" or "Hellenistic" letter. The basic form of such letters was simple: A Salutation: "From A to B, greeting" The Body of the Letter, often (but not invariably) beginning with a prayer or good wish. A Closing Salutation, usually with further good wishes. 3 By great good fortune, we actually have the original manuscript, which is addressed (on the back): "To Sulpicia Lepidina, wife of Flavius Cerialis; from Severa" (Sulpidae Lepidinae Flavi Cerialis a Severa). 4 Sulpicia Lepidina and Claudia Severa were both married to officers in the Roman army, stationed on the British frontier at Vindola, just south of Hadrian's Wall.
On the debate about the provenance of Romans, and its relevance or otherwise to the Roman situation, see the masterly summary by Karl P. Donfried, in "False Presuppositions in the Study of Romans," CBQ 36 (1974): 332–58; reprinted in Karl P. , The Romans Debate: Revised and Expanded Edition (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 1991), 102– 25; and literature there cited. Among critics who have taken a "both-and" position are W. Marxsen, Introduction to the New Testament: An Approach to Its Problems, trans.
White, "Ancient Greek Letters," in Greco-Roman Literature and the New Testament: Selected Forms and Genres, ed. David Aune, SBLSBS 21 (Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1988), 85–105; also R. H. Hachforth and B. R. Rees, "Letters, Greek," and R. G. C. Levens, "Letters, Latin," in OCD, 598-99. Among longer studies, useful and easily accessible are Stanley K. Stowers, Letter Writing in Greco-Roman Antiquity, LEC (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986) and John L. White, Light from Ancient Letters (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986).
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