REL 254: Study Guide 5

 

Roetzel

 

What does Roetzel mean by proposing that we see the letters as conversations?

 

What methodological effects might this way of reading Paul's letters have on the way we understand them (i.e., does reading the letters as parts of a conversation affect the way we read & interpret Paul's words)?

 

What dogmatic/doctrinal effects might this way of reading Paul have on the Christian understanding & use of Paul (i.e., does reading the letters as parts of a conversation affect the way Christians appropriate Paul's words for church teaching & doctrinal formulation)?

 

What recurring, general problems/themes do you see as you read Roetzel's cursory presentation of the letters.