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Sacra Pagina: The Pastoral Epistles
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Sacra Pagina: The Pastoral Epistles


Liturgical Press 2007

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First and Second Timothy and Titus have, for many years, borne the collective title The Pastoral Epistles. Both their style and their content make it difficult to locate them within the corpus of Pauline letters, and recent scholarship most often considers them pseudonymous, works that imitate Paul’s letters but apply the apostle’s teaching to the concerns of a later time, two or more decades after Paul’s death.

The Pastorals differ from Paul’s own letters in being addressed to single individuals, coworkers of Paul who have been placed in charge of particular churches—Timothy apparently in Ephesus, Titus in Crete. They provide instruction for community leaders, both the individual addressees and other leaders whom they will appoint. The specification of certain offices within the local churches is one of the features that appear to locate these works in a later phase of church development.

In this commentary, Benjamin Fiore places the Pastorals in their historical and literary context. The reader will find here a solid introduction to parallel literary forms in Latin and Greek literature and particular descriptions of the way in which these documents use ancient rhetorical forms to achieve their paraenetic and hortatory purpose. Drawing on his parish experience as well as his academic training, Fiore also provides reflections on the contemporary pastoral application of these books, giving readers a renewed appreciation for the pastoral label these epistles bear.

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Key Features

  • Presents an introduction to the Pastoral Epistles
  • Introduces parallel literary forms in Latin and Greek literature
  • Reflects on the contemporary pastoral application of these books

Praise for the Print Edition

Fiore’s commentary is an important contribution to the discussion of the Pastoral Epistles, an excellent introduction for those who wish to become acquainted with these epistles. The volume makes the reader aware of the manifold issues connected to the formation of tradition and the shaping of ministries and structures in the early church, as well as of the debates that preoccupied and divided Christians at the beginning of their history.

—Korinna Zamfir, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

Fiore’s classical training under the supervision of Abraham Malherbe of Yale is put to valuable use throughout the commentary. By personal count, Fiore references over eighty Greco-Roman authors representing over 160 works. What is more remarkable is the fact that Fiore manages to use these references judiciously, rather than devolving into parallelomania.

—Matthew D. Montonini, MA, Ashland Theological Seminary

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About Benjamin Fiore

Benjamin Fiore, SJ, is president and professor of religious studies at Campion College at the University of Regina.