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Title: Paul�'s Letters and Contemporary Greco-Roman Literature: Theorizing a New Taxonomy
Author: Robertson, Paul M
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2016
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004320277
Volumes: 1; Pages: 308
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In this volume, Paul Robertson re-describes the form of the apostle Paul's letters in a manner that facilitates transparent, empirical comparison with texts not typically treated by biblical scholars. Paul's letters are best described by a set of literary characteristics shared by certain Greco-Roman texts, particularly those of Epictetus and Philodemus.
Paul Robertson theorizes a new taxonomy of Greco-Roman literature that groups Paul's letters together with certain Greco-Roman, ethical-philosophical texts written at a roughly contemporary time in the ancient Mediterranean. This particular grouping, termed a socio-literary sphere, is defined by the shared form, content, and social purpose of its constituent texts, as well as certain general similarities between their texts' authors.