Posts Tagged ‘Epistle’

(The following article was written by Brother Nathan Albright, a very meticulous writer whose writings have captured my attention for some time now. He covers a wide spectrum of topics from the casual update concerning “What’s happening in the life of Nathan,” to very thorough topical studies to a continue flow of book reviews. His blog is Edge Induced Cohesion.)

What’s In A Greeting?: The Epistles of Paul

Posted on February 23, 2012

What information is conveyed in a greeting? Greetings are usually fairly short, but even though short and often conventional, there are important bits of information that filter through simply because of what those conventions are. Let us examine, for example, the extant letters of Paul, to see what conventions he used and what information he conveyed. We know of the greetings for thirteen letters of his [1]. Let us compare the letters in roughly chronological order and then see what sort of connections we can draw from them.

The Greetings Of Paul

Let us turn to the thirteen books of Paul and look at their greetings in a roughly chronological order. We will look at Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 Timothy, Titus, and 2 Timothy. The greetings for these thirteen books are as follows: