Murphy-O’Connor-appreciation and caveat


I’ve completed Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  It was a great read. He used his vast knowledge of the 1st century Hellenistic world to flesh out Paul’s life. There was much in the book that was very helpful.

He has made me question some of my views.  For instance, I had put the Pastoral Letters in the category of inauthentic. His view that 2 Timothy was authentic, however, may be right.

The fact that Philippians and 2 Corinthians are composites (and 1 Thessalonians as well, according to Murphy O’Connor) could mean that Paul edited his own letters. Was that the reason he wanted his parchments brought from Troas?

Also, if we see 2 Timothy as Paul’s, then it looks like a strain of opposition to Paul’s teaching in the form of denial of a future resurrection (2 Timothy 2:18) runs through his ministry from Thessalonica on.  (According to…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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