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2 Timothy 4:6-8 as Paradigm of the Apostle Paul's Legacy

Published inAthens Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 413-422
Publication date2017

This study aims to demonstrate that, in the New Testament, the second letter to Timothy moulds the figure of Paul as one of the most influential figures in early Christianity. By doing so, the epistle would have the potential to shape Paul's figure on the whole Corpus Paulinum. The originality of this paper lies in the consideration of the Pastorals as a differentiated unity that offers to analyse 2 Tim without 1 Tim and Titus, as a fictive Pauline farewell discourse. Using intertextuality, it compares 2 Tim with Phil, a Proto-Pauline letter, in order to emphasise the shift from Pauline to Deutero-Pauline literature. The first one considering Paul's death as an upcoming event, whereas the latter considers Paul's work from a seemingly a posteriori stand point. On the one hand, Phil depicts Paul as a potential perfect follower of Jesus. On the other hand, 2 Tim moulds the figure of Paul as the one and only apostle, building, with the literary genre of farewell discourse, Pauline “orthodoxy”. Thus, the purpose of 2 Tim and the Deutero-Pauline letters seem to be to fill a gap in the description of Paul's legacy. Hence, the particular interest of this paper is to consider the possible influence of 2 Tim in the entire Pauline literature.

  • Bible
  • New Testament Studies
  • Pauline literature
  • Deuteropaulinism
  • Farewell discourse
  • Intertextuality
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BULUNDWE, Kampotela Luc. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 as Paradigm of the Apostle Paul’s Legacy. In: Athens Journal of Social Sciences, 2017, vol. 4, n° 4, p. 413–422.
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ISSN of the journal2241-7737

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