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Title: Breaking down the dividing wall : Ephesians and the integrity of the Corpus Paulinum
Author: Wright, Martin Samuel
ISNI:       0000 0004 7962 5598
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis argues for the integrity of the Corpus Paulinum as a complex, composite text. It critiques the prevailing tendency to divide the Corpus in two, separating the undoubtedly authentic letters from those of disputed authorship. Instead, it advocates a renewed canonical hermeneutic in which the Corpus as a whole communicates Paul's legacy, and the authorship of individual letters is less important. Ephesians serves as a focal text to illustrate the exegetical potential of this approach. The thesis is in two parts. The first part is concerned with the history of the Corpus Paulinum, its ancient formation and its modern dissolution. Chapter 1 discusses the origins of the Corpus, reviewing the available evidence to learn about the earliest canonical reception of the Pauline letters. Chapter 2 addresses the interpretative division of the Corpus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from the philological interrogation of authorship to theological and confessional polemics. This part concludes with a constructive proposal for reading the Corpus Paulinum as a continuous interpretative dialogue. The second part comprises two exegetical studies based on this hermeneutic, interpreting Ephesians alongside other Pauline texts. Chapter 3 offers a reading of Eph. 2:8-22, while Chapter 4 considers the theme of the Body of Christ. The discussion is in constant conversation with other modern interpreters; it is argued that the widespread preoccupation with authorship has had a distorting effect on Pauline exegesis. The proposed integrative hermeneutic, by addressing this problem, offers new insight into familiar texts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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