- The Man and the Myth
- Paul the ‘Convert’?
- Paul the Missionary
- Paul the Theologian
- Paul the Apostle
- Archaeology and the Pauline Letters
- Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans
- Paul and the Construction of Early Christian Identity
- Paul and Economic Resources
- Paul the Philosopher
- Paul and Religion
- The Pauline Letters in Contemporary Research
- The Deutero-Pauline Letters in Contemporary Research
- Paul the Letter Writer
- Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Letters of Paul
- The Text of the Pauline Corpus
- The Formation of the Pauline Corpus
- Paul and Scripture
- Paul and Jesus
- Justification by Faith
- Participation in Christ
- Grace/Gift in Paul
- Paul and Pistis Christou
- Ethos and Community
- Cosmology and Eschatology
- Social-Scientific Approaches to Paul
- Paul and Ethnicity
- Paul and Sacred Space
- Paul and Politics
- Paul and Postcolonial Studies
- Paul and Feminism
- Paul and Sexuality
- Paul and Theological Interpretation
- Paul and Contemporary Philosophy
- Paul and Reception History
Abstract and Keywords
The relationship between the text and form of a Pauline letter as sent to its recipients (a single letter hand-written on a scroll or in a notebook) and as read today (edited, printed, and part of a defined corpus with a fixed sequence) is complex and only partially understood. This chapter surveys the witnesses to the text of the Pauline letters, discusses the classification and characterization of the letters’ textual tradition, and notes the methodological implications of the tradition’s textual characteristics. It also discusses the formation of various collections of those letters, because the textual history of the letters is inseparable from the history of their collection, a subject which in turn must be linked to theories regarding their origins and transmission, inasmuch as there is a synergistic relationship between ideas about the creation, transmission, collection, and text of the Pauline letters.
Michael W. Holmes, University Professor of Biblical Studies & Early Christianity at Bethel University, has authored or edited eleven books and numerous essays, including The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition, The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Questionis (with Bart Ehrman), The Textual History of the Greek New Testament: Changing Views in Contemporary Research (with Klaus Wachtel), and several articles on the text of the Pauline letters.
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