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New Testament Books - The Letters of Paul

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Author(s): Karl Hermann Schelkle
Part of New Testament Books: 1. The Synoptic Gospels 2. The Gospel of John 3. The Acts of the Apostles 4. The Letters of Paul 5. The Letter of James 6. The Letters of Peter 7. The Letters of John 8. The Letter of Jude 9. Revelation The twenty-seven “books” of the NT include twenty-one letters. This feature is to be explained by the literary customs of antiquity, especially in the environment of the NT, where letters and collections of letters were often used to propagate philosophical, ethical, political and artistic views. Thus we have coll…

New Testament Theology - Pauline Theology

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Author(s): Karl Hermann Schelkle
Part of New Testament Theology: 1. Data and Methods 2. Pauline Theology 3. Johannine Theology The faith of Paul, and his theology as his reflection on his faith, are founded and centred on the vision of Christ before Damascus, in which Paul recognized the Messiah, now exalted as Lord (1 Cor 9:1; 2:2; Gal 1:16), the crucified Jesus whom he was persecuting. This revelation illuminated history and present reality for Paul. A presentation of his theology must therefore be founded and centred on Christology (cf. 1 …

New Testament Books - The Letters of Peter

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Author(s): Karl Hermann Schelkle
Part of New Testament Books: 1. The Synoptic Gospels 2. The Gospel of John 3. The Acts of the Apostles 4. The Letters of Paul 5. The Letter of James 6. The Letters of Peter 7. The Letters of John 8. The Letter of Jude 9. Revelation A. 1 Peter 1. Literary history. The letter, according to its heading, is written by the Apostle Peter (1:1), from Babylon (5:13), i.e., Rome, to the Church of Asia Minor (1:1). Babylon, the worldly and ungodly city of the prophets (Is 13; 43:14; Jer 50 and 51) is certainly taken as standing for Rome (cf. Rev 14:8 – 18:2; Sibylline Oracles, 5, 134 and 158 f.; Apocalypse of Baruch…