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Letter Hermeneutics in 2 Corinthians: Studies in ‘Literarkritik’ and Communication Theory

Letter Hermeneutics in 2 Corinthians: Studies in ‘Literarkritik’ and Communication Theory

Eve-Marie Becker

| T&T Clark | 2004

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In this volume, Eve-Marie Becker outlines the process of Paul’s communication with the Corinthian community and considers letter-production and letter-reception at the time. She develops a “literary-historical” model for reconstructing the original separate letters (1.1–7.4; 7.5–16; 8–9; 10–13) which were later compiled to form the canonical letter.

Becker defines—by means of linguistics and communication theory—the central theoretical elements for Pauline letter-hermeneutics. There is a thorough exegesis of those parts of 2 Corinthians in which Paul formulates aspects of his hermeneutics. This is based on the theory of letter-hermeneutics and on the results of the “literary-historical” reconstruction of the original form of 2 Corinthians. There is also an examination of the reception and interpretation of 2 Corinthians in the early church.

Dr. Eve-Marie Becker is Assistant at the Institute of New Testament at the University of Erlangen. Her recent publications are concerned with the Corinthian Correspondence and its reception, with hermeneutics and the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark.