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Parenesis

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Author(s): Koenen, Klaus | Niebuhr, Karl-Wilhelm
[German Version] I. Old Testament – II. New Testament Greek παραίνεσις/ paraínesis (from παραινέω/ parainéō) means “advice, counsel, exhortation.” Among the Stoics, the term can be used for the part of philosophy that hortatively expounds the practical conclusions of their teaching (Sen. Ep. 95.1). In biblical studies, it usually does not represent a fixed genre but a function. It characterizes a text as well-intentioned exhortation to proper behavior. It is spoken by an authority – sometimes someone on his deathbed (Deut; 1 Kgs 2:1ff.;…