Consolation in Philippians: Philosophical Sources and by Paul A. Holloway

By Paul A. Holloway

Rhetorical feedback seeks to appreciate and touch upon the way in which texts functionality of their social and cultural contexts. Holloway places Paul's letter within the context of old theories and literary practices of "consolation" and argues that Paul wrote to the Philippians with the intention to console them. He exhibits that the letter has a unified total method and gives a resounding account of Paul's argument.

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2:6 and 7, while syÂmmorfoq is found only in Phil. 3:21 and Rom. 114 Similarly, tapeiÂnvsiq occurs only in Phil. 3:21, while tapeinoÂv is found in Phil. 2:9 and 4:12 and in 2 Cor. 115 sxhÄma occurs only in Phil. 2:7 and 1 Cor. 7:31, while metasxhmatiÂzv is found in 1 Cor. 4:6; 2 Cor. 11:13±15 (three times) and Phil. 116 Finally, y"paÂrxv occurs a total of twelve times in Paul, but nowhere else in Philippians than in our two texts. It is also commonly noted that Paul typically quali®es kyÂrioq with ``A Note on Philippians 3:20±21,'' CBQ 18 (1956) 8±9.

Funk's use of evidence is also problematic. He selects for study the following ``closely argued sections . . which customarily form the body of the letter'': Rom. 1:13±8:39; 1 Cor. 1:10±4:21; 2 Cor. 1:8±2:13 + 7:5±16; 2:14±7:4; 10:1±13:14; Gal. 1:6±5:26 or 6:17; Phil. 1:12±2:30; 1 Thess. 2:1±3:13; Philem. 70 But there is much that is questionable in this list. Why, for example, does Funk end the body of Romans at 8:39? He says in a footnote that the ``question of the disposition of Rom. 9±11 is left open,''71 but in fact it is left out.

4:14). xaristoyÄsin tCvÄ kyriÂCv y"peÁr y"mvÄn o%ti . . , ``They also thank the Lord for you that . . `` (cf. Phil. n kyriÂCv megaÂlvq o%ti . . ). 98 See chapters 2 and 5 below. 99 See chapters 2 and 7 below. 100 Paul's so-called ``dankloser Dank'' (cf. 102 Collange is half right: 4:10±20 is a more or less self-contained pericope. But there is much to link it to the rest of the letter, especially to 1:3±11. xaÂrhn . . koinvÂnhsen ei! aggeliÂoy (15) koinvniÂAa . . ei! q (5) ei! poihÂsate (14) y"peÁr .

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