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Disciplinary Practices in Pauline Texts

Mellen Biblical Press S. 2

By (author) James T. South
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jan 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773423486
ISBN-13: 9780773423480
Barcode No: 9780773423480
This study contributes to the understanding of early Christianity through a detailed examination of its disciplinary practices as reflected in the letters of Paul. It employs the methods of historical-philological exegesis. Texts included are 1 Cor. 5:1-8, 2 Cor. 2:5-11, Gal. 6:1, Rom. 16:17, Phil. 3:2, 2 Thess. 3:6-15, Eph. 5:3-14, and several texts from the Pastorals, chosen because they are both communal and corrective. The author concludes: that discipline was salvific in intent as well as protective of the community; that it could take a variety of forms; that Paul left it to the community to decide the action, except in extreme cases; that it was derived from the Gospel and not from pagan or Jewish models; and that it served the vital functions of social control and boundary maintenance.

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