How to Read the New Testament Letters as a Whole

The Bible Project


This conversation is about how to actually read the New Testament letters as literary holes care from beginning to end you. You could have broke my brain talking about these letters being written and community. Yeah. Let's good. Yeah. New Appreciation for the lettuce come from Paul and his team team. Yeah, and there's a proscribed involved likely and it's just a new category, but it's really helpful for me to imagine that. And bring that in to what what does that mean. For this to be God's Word it's easier. Just imagine God zapping dude who transcribes something from the holy. Spirit Paul's. Meditating and praying in his study alone. Yeah. And they just here's the word of the Lord. To Talk. Feel more complex. But why can't God work in that way too. He clearly has. Yeah, we're, imagining. The scenarios from the actual data in the letters. You know that he names co senders yet co authors just not standard in first century letters. Yeah. There you go. So there are the product of Paul and his missionary teams in the working out the content over the course of years, and then as they travel around the roads on where we're GONNA go now is a little more practical and how to which is strategies and tools to actually read the letters and stuff. And learning how to identify what's important and things like that. So the first type of approach is just to understand the form of first century letters. I still remember learning how to like be taught how to write a letter. was, given. Template. Put. Certain things. Certain points on the page, the date upper left if in a homemade is your name. Yeah. I remember it felt weird to me. What would you put that information up at the? Left. and You write your name and address remember being like, what is it my address on the envelope? Why do I need? Yeah. Stuff like that. Do you ever do that? I can't even remember the last time. I actually wrote A. Paper letter but you. But if you ever opened up like we're document, yes, that's right and there's templates. Yeah. There's a letter typically, you're right I've done those. There's a business letter. Typically thing is I, don't create a I. Disease Tendencies of the one that's within page. Say there's a template for how you write letter. That's right and there was a template or templates. So here, we'll just summarize it in the most basic form. It's pretty intuitive. It's not rocket science angel letters in the centuries before especially in around the time of the postles you begin, the first words is your name. And then the receiver. So this called the opening address, you identify yourself who writing to and usually use some form of the Greek. Word Chorus, which means grace or favor to say, hello grace to you. So Paul to the church, and so and so Greysteel. There's almost always some little line of giving thanks to the gods for what after the opening address. After the opening, there's follows second main part of the form which is called the thanksgiving. Co you give thanks to the Gods I hear that you're in good health i. give thanks to the guts like then you get the body of the letter and then you get the closing. Letter, which is usually saying, hi to people if you want to travel plans a final prayer for the well-being or health or sometimes appraised the gods and then whatever PS post manner. So opening opening address, thanksgiving prayer just kind of a formality of sorts. And then get into it. Here's one Martin letter getting all the content. and. Then the closing that's right. And what you've got here is just a charts of like all of Paul's all the new letters and how they do this. And in the opening here like you've got First Second Thesselonians, collisions prescription you've got all the letters. And then you've got columns. Yeah, and you fill them out. So you've got Senator Collins Copied and pasted. The opening paragraph, Paul's the sender Yup. He gives himself the title usually. He does it and I the second Thesselonians. The next call movers called it the. Call the description. So the opening like here's what I am. Let me describe why that's right. It's important Dorian. Yeah. Yeah. So in other words when Paul the most basic form would be Paul Tucson. So yeah, he actually not one of his letters that way. He almost always adds a description of himself. Sometimes short, sometimes long he often names the group that produced a letter and then it comes from, they'll named people. So that's the first thing he He rarely puts just his name, usually his name in other people's names, and he usually describes himself with long or short descriptions, and so here's the basic point. Is that if you start comparing all the different beginnings of the New Testament letters, you'll notice when Paul or Peter or John is taking the. Forum and tweaking adapting it to the unique purposes of that letter. That's the basic idea.

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