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p. 524. Paul and his Letterslocked


    The majority of the books of the New Testament consist of letters. Out of twenty-seven books, at least twenty are correspondence, usually written to churches. Letter writing is an ancient art and there are many examples in history of the artistry of letter writing. ‘Paul and his letters’ takes a close look at the letters of the New Testament, particularly those of Paul, and demonstrates that rhetorical skill and thoughtfulness can be seen in them. Reading Paul's letters raises questions about their effects on their original audiences. However, the questions for a contemporary literary reading of Paul are whether his letters still have an effect and on whom?

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