5. Paul and the Believers of Western Asia

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. John Paul Heil

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch5

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Paul Heil, J. (2011) Paul and the Believers of Western Asia, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch5

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. The Catholic University of America, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778

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Keywords:

  • Paul and the believers of Western Asia;
  • letter to Philemon, sent to the church - gatherings at the house of Philemon, in Colossae;
  • recent studies of the role of co-authors, co-workers and secretaries - composition of Pauline letters;
  • Philippians and 2 Timothy, the letters to Philemon, the Colossians - and the Ephesians, numbered among the so-called “captivity letters” of Paul;
  • letter to Philemon centers - on change in relationship, between Philemon and his slave Onesimus;
  • letter to the Colossians - centering on a potential danger for believers, not only in Colossae;
  • chiastic structure of Colossians - exhorting its audience of “holy ones and faithful brothers in Christ”;
  • Letter to the Ephesians - absence of the words “in Ephesus” from some manuscripts;
  • Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians - as epistolary rituals of worship;
  • Paul, facilitating believers - joining him in his ongoing worship of thanksgiving, prayer and praise to God

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Letter to Philemon

  • The Letter to the Colossians

  • The Letter to the Ephesians

  • Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians as Epistolary Rituals of Worship

  • References