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Letters from the Pillar Apostles : The Formation of the Catholic Epistles As a Canonical Collection

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Rather than reading the Catholic Epistles in isolation, understanding the individual historical situation of each letter as the single, determinative context for their interpretation, Letters from the Pillar Apostles argues that a proper understanding of these seven letters must equally attend to their collection and placement within the New Testament canon. Resisting the judgment of much of the historical-critical analysis of the New Testament, namely that the concept of canon actually obscures the meaning of these texts, it is the canonical process by which the texts were composed, redacted, collected, arranged, and fixed in a final canonical form that constitutes a necessary interpretive context for these seven letters. This study argues that, through reception history and paratextual and compositional evidence, it is possible to discern a ‘collection consciousness’ within the Catholic Epistles; as such, they should be read and interpreted as an intentional, discrete canonical sub-collection of texts within the New Testament. Furthermore, such ‘collection consciousness’ is neither anachronistic to the meaning of the letters nor antagonistic to their composition but provides new depths of interpretation, astutely presented in Letters from the Pillar Apostles.
Number of Pages: 274
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Format: Paperback
Publisher: David Brown Book Co
Author: Darian R. Lockett
Language: English
Street Date: March 5, 2018
TCIN: 53522864
UPC: 9780227176740
Item Number (DPCI): 248-76-5973
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