Letters to Paul's Delegates

Letters to Paul's Delegates : 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus

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In this addition to the NTC series, Luke Timothy Johnson calls attention to the fact that the three letters of Paul to his delegates Timothy and Titus do not make easy reading. Why? Because they are written in a context completely different from our own, forcing us to struggle with foreign words, symbols, and concepts. Nevertheless the biggest gift these ancient writings make to present-day readers is their otherness, their refusal to say what we might like them to say. Those who are willing to struggle with these writings will find themselves richly rewarded, for beneath what is repelling in them is also something deeply appealing and profoundly pertinent to our won age. As in all of the NTC commentaries, a new translation of the texts is provided. The translation is divided into specific units for discussion, each consisting of (1) Notes on Translation an analysis of technical matters such as the state of the Greek text, diction, and style (2) literary Observations - an examination of a variety of issues pertinent to the literary context of the writing; and (3) Comment a consideration of the historical realities and religious ideas revealed by the passage. Luke Timothy Johnson is Woodruff Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory University and author of The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels and The Epistle of James in the Anchor Bible Series.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 350g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1563381443
  • 9781563381447
  • 1,110,859

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"This deceptively small volume brings to bear the mature judgment and thoroughgoing experience of a premier New Testament scholar and specialist in the study of the Pastoral Epistles. Johnson has attempted a herculean task in a small space and has done it admirably. He has not attempted to answer every critical issue. Rather, he has tried I believe successfully to make sense of [these documents] as authentic letters. In addition, he has provided the data which must be considered, along with the resources (bibliography and summaries of critical discussions), such that the reader can investigate further. This is the mark of a good commentary." Thomas Scott Caulley, Professor of New Testament, Manhattan Christian College, reviewing for Stone-Campbell Journal, Spring 1998--Sanford Lakoff "Stone-Campbell Journal "
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About Luke Timothy Johnson

Luke Timothy Johnson is Woodruff Professor of New Testament at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. The author of a number of best-selling books, he is also editor of the Anchor Study Bible.
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