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Corinthian Epistles

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Author(s): Mitchell, Margaret M.
[German Version] I. Significance – II. Attestation – III. Composition History – IV. Historical and Literary Reconstruction of the Corinthian Correspondence – V. Theological Legacy I. Significance The two letters of Paul in the biblical canon (Bible: III, 2.a; Paul) addressed to the “church of God that is in Corinth” (1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 1:1) and “all the saints ¶ throughout Achaia” (2 Cor 1:1) represent a collection of epistolary documents of inestimable importance for the history of primitive Christianity. As sources, they allow a …


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Author(s): Mitchell, Margaret M.
[German Version] I. Form and Genre – II. Ancient Epistolary Literature I. Form and Genre 1. Letters in Christianity The letter is a literary form that has been of particular importance in the Christian religion since its beginnings as a means of communication, instruction, edification, and argumentation. This predilection for letters was rooted in the missionary character of earliest Christianity, which made it necessary to communicate over long distances, as well as in the surrounding cultures, which influenced…

Thessalonians, Epistles to the

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Author(s): Mitchell, Margaret M.
[German Version] I. Author and Addressees The designation “Epistles to the Thessalonians” refers to two early Christian letters that were allegedly written by Paul (and Timothy and Silvanus) and addressed to the Christians in the capital of Macedonia. Thessalonica was an upcoming seaport and an urban center on the Via Egnatia, the most important arterial road connecting the eastern and western parts of the Roman Empire (vom Brocke, Hendrix). II. The First Epistle to the Thessalonians 1 Thess would appear to be the oldest still extant Christian text (Koester [33] calls i…


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Author(s): Mitchell, Margaret M.
[English Version] I. Verfasser und Adressat Bei den Thess handelt es sich um zwei briefliche Dokumente des frühen Christentums, die vorgeblich beide von Paulus (und Timotheus und Silvanus) vf. und an die Christen in der Hauptstadt Makedoniens gerichtet wurden. Thessalonich war eine aufstrebende Hafenstadt und ein urbanes Zentrum an der Via Egnatia, der wichtigsten Ost-West-Verkehrsader des Röm. Reiches (vom Brocke, Hendrix). II. Der erste Thessalonicherbrief 1Thess dürfte das älteste noch vorhandene christl. Schriftstück sein (Koester 33 nennt es »an experi…


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Author(s): Schirren, Thomas | Mitchell, Margaret M. | Ueding, Gert | Zachhuber, Johannes | Helmer, Karl | Et al.
[German Version] I. Antiquity 1. Greek. The expression ῥητορικὴ τέχνη/ rhētorikḗ téchnē was coined by the Sophistic school, which created the theoretical foundation for a form of communication thought of – especially in the Greek world – as an agon: the appearance of one or more communicators before the public, engaging in a linguistic contest. The cultural background of such performance events ¶ (Speech act) was the literary agon and the forensic contest, already mentioned by Homer ( Il. 18.497–508). It was the particular achievement of the Greek Enlightenment of the 5th…


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Author(s): Schirren, Thomas | Mitchell, Margaret M. | Ueding, Gert | Zachhuber, Johannes | Helmer, Karl | Et al.
[English Version] I. Antike 1.Griechisch Der Begriff ρ῾ητορικη` τε´χn̆η/rhētorikē´ téchnē ist eine Schöpfung der Sophistik, die damit die theoretische Grundlage für eine zumal im griech. Kulturraum als Agon verstandene Kommunikationsform schuf, nämlich das Auftreten eines oder mehrerer sprachlich agierender Kommunikatoren vor einem Publikum. Kulturelle Voraussetzungen solcher Performanzereignisse (Sprechakt/Sprechhandlung) bilden der Agon von Dichtern, aber auch der Rechtsstreit, der schon bei Homer (…