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Paul, Philippians

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Author(s): Focant, Camille
Sent from prison, the letter to the Philippians is the most poignant among those Paul wrote. He reveals his feelings and emotions more than anywhere else. This time, he does not write to fight against a misguided interpretation of the gospel advanced by false brothers (Galatians), nor to develop his own synthesis on justification by faith (Rom.), nor to meet problems faced by a community he founded (1 Corinthians). Philippians appears more selfless in some way. It is the letter of a friend who t…
Date: 2020-12-17

Paul, Philemon

(2,978 words)

Author(s): Focant, Camille
The shortest Pauline letter is also one of the least known. Its theological interest is poor. It looks like a private letter in which Paul intercedes with a friend to solve a domestic problem between him and his slave. In addition, the letter suffers from some opacity about the nature of the problem. So that many wonder: how could this private and obscure letter have been incorporated into the biblical canon? The wide attention it has nevertheless received in recent research is probably due to t…
Date: 2020-12-17