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Letters And Homilies for Hellenized Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy And 1-3 John (Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians Set) [Hardcover]

By III Ben Witherington (Author)
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In this socio-rhetorical analytical commentary, Dr. Ben Witherington takes fresh look at the pastoral epistles and Johannine correspondence and provides an analysis of the documents in their socio-religious context discussing their provenance, character, and importance. Dr. Witherington focuses on the unique insights that arise through the social-rhetorical analysis. Throughout, he makes the case for Luke as Paul's amanuensis for these letters, as well as a strenuous argument against New Testament pseudepigrapha. Features:
  • Extended annotated bibliography
  • Closer Look sections address the issue of contemporary theological and practical concern
  • Bridging the Horizons sections point to the relevancy of the text for today's readers.

Publishers Description
Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians is the first of three volumes extending Ben Witherington's innovative socio-rhetorical analysis of New Testament books to the latter-Pauline and non-Pauline corpora. A second volume will continue the focus on letters and homilies for Hellenized Christians (1-2 Peter), while a third will focus on letters and homilies for Jewish Christians (Hebrews, James and Jude). By dividing the volumes according to the socio-religious contexts for which they were written, Witherington sheds fresh light on the documents, their provenance, character and importance. Throughout, Witherington shows his thorough knowledge of recent literature on these texts and focuses his attention on the unique insights brought about through socio-rhetorical analysis that either reinforces or corrects those gleaned from other approaches. Strikingly, based on his rhetorical analysis of the Pastorals, he makes the case for Luke as Paul's amanuensis for these letters. He also makes a strenuous argument against New Testament pseudepigrapha. "Bridging the Horizons" sections point to the relevance of the text for believers today, making this volume of special value to pastors and general readers as well as students and scholars.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   623
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.4" Height: 2.04"
Weight:   2.11 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series  Socio-Rhetorical Commentary  
ISBN  0830829318  
ISBN13  9780830829316  

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More About III Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington, III Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

Ben Witherington currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Ben Witherington was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary.

Ben Witherington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Companions to the New Testament
  2. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

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Great on the Pastorals and Solid on 1, 2 and 3 John  Apr 25, 2007
This is a very well written commentary on six New Testament books. Dr. Witherington does a good job of bringing out the meaning of the text. The first 390 pages covers 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. He argues persuasively that the voice behind these letters is the voice of Paul, but the hand that wrote down the documents is the hand of Luke. He gives many different examples of how Luke's style of writing has appeared in these letters.

The commentary begins with a useful article about pseudepigraphy (writing a letter and signing it with a famous name to try and convince people that it is the famous person who really wrote it). Witherington contends that this is not what we have in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, and that Paul was responsible for these letters which were prepared with his authorization.

He shows in 1 Timothy 1:7-10 how Paul uses the term arsenokoitai to describe those who have sex with men. Therefore in his view, Paul is clearly condemning this activity.

In 1 Timothy 2:8-15, Witherington comments that Paul is not permitting the Ephesian women to teach because they are astray theologically just as Eve was in Genesis 3. He rejects the notion that the Ephesian women are prohibited from teaching because of their gender (but what about the appeal to the creation order in verse 12?).

Witherington also shows that with the definite article in 1 Timothy 2:15, Paul is saying that women will be saved through THE child-bearing, meaning that they will be saved through the nativity and coming of Christ.

There are also closer looks at the use of the word "Savior" in the Pastorals, as well as the meaning of the term "godliness."

In 2 Timothy, Witherington contends that we have a poignant closing word from Paul himself, who knew that his time on earth was nearly over.

In Titus and in 1 Timothy, the requirements for being an overseer are that he is to be a "one woman man." Dr. Witherington states that this means that he is faithful to the woman he is married to, and is not meant to exclude divorced or widowed persons from being a church leader.

The last 220 pages of the book is a discussion of 1, 2 and 3 John. Witherington states that 1 John was written as damage control after a number of people had left the church (1 John 2:18-20). He sees a Wisdom Christology in these letters, especially in the Prologue (1 John 1:1-4) and in 1 John 2:7-14.

I have to compliment Dr. Witherington on how well written this commentary turned out to be! Ben uses a lot of adjectives and a lot of alliteration throughout the book, as opposed to the hanging adverbs employed by lesser writers.

This is a great commentary to read from cover to cover. Some parts of the commentary are focused on exegesis, some parts are focused on theology, and still other parts feature the historical or rhetorical background. I found it to be a rich and satisfying read.

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