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The Intertextuality of the Epistles
Explorations of Theory and Practice
Edited by Thomas L. Brodie, Dennis R. MacDonald, Stanley E. Porter

The international conference held in Limerick, Ireland, in May 2005 produced far more than the usual collection of loosely related papers. Rather, this volume from the 17 contributors demarcates and organizes a whole field, serving as an indispensable introduction to intertextuality in general, and as an original examination of the topic in relation to the New Testament epistles.

CONTENTS

Thomas L. Brodie, Dennis R. MacDonald and Stanley E. Porter
Introduction: Tracing the Development of the Epistles: The Potential and the Problem

PART I. ASPECTS OF THEORY, PRACTICE AND RELATED RESEARCH

Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher
Intertextuality: Between Literary Theory and Text Analysis

Steve Moyise
Intertextuality, Historical Criticism and Deconstruction

Peter Phillips
Biblical Studies and Intertextuality: Should the Work of Genette and Eco Broaden our Horizons?

Erkki Koskenniemi
Josephus and Greek Poets

Jon Paulien
Elusive Allusions in the Apocalypse: Two Decades of Research into John's Use of the Old Testament


PART II. FROM THE OT TO THE EPISTLES

Thomas L. Brodie
The Triple Intertextuality of the Epistles. Introduction

Lukas Bormann
Triple Intertextuality in Philippians

Stanley E. Porter
Further Comments on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament


PART III. FROM EPISTLE TO EPISTLE

Annette Merz
The Fictitious Self-Exposition of Paul: How Might Intertextual Theory Suggest a Reformulation of the Hermeneutics of Pseudepigraphy?

Hanna Roose
2 Thessalonians as Pseudepigraphic Reading Instruction for 1 Thessalonians: Methodological Implications and Exemplary Illustration of an Intertextual Concept

J. Michael Gilchrist
Intertextuality and the Pseudonymity of 2 Thessalonians

Outi Leppä
2 Thessalonians among the Pauline Letters: Tracing the Literary Links between 2 Thessalonians and Other Pauline Epistles

David J. Clark
Structural Similarities in 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Comparative Discourse Anatomy


IV. FROM EPISTLE TO NARRATIVE (GOSPEL/ACTS)

Dennis R. MacDonald
A Categorization of Antetextuality in the Gospels and Acts: A Case For Luke's Imitation of Plato and Xenophon to Depict Paul as a Christian Socrates

Paul Elbert
Possible Literary Links between Luke-Acts and Pauline Letters Regarding Spirit-Language

Heikki Leppä
Reading Galatians with and without the Book of Acts

Mike Sommer
A Better Class of Enemy: Opposition and Dependence in the Johannine Writings

Thomas L. Brodie, Dennis R. MacDonald, Stanley E. Porter
Problems Of Method: Suggested Guidelines



Thomas L. Brodie is author of 'The Birthing of the New Testament' and 'The Crucial Bridge'. His other writings include commentaries on Genesis and John.
Dennis R. MacDonald is Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.
Stanley E. Porter is President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament, at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario.

Series: New Testament Monographs, 16
1-905048-62-9, 978-1-905048-62-5 hardback
Publication October 2006

Reviews
These essays herald a promising new approach. In particular, MacDonald, Leppa, and especially Sommer signal a growing willingness to reimagine Christian origins in dramatically new ways. New Testament study will surely benefit if in future conferences and publications the methodological kinks can be ironed out—and if the results of such efforts are as bold and thought-provoking as some of this volume’s contributions. Barry S. Crawford, Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

An idea clearly emerging after reading this valuable volume is the importance of the intertextual perspective. Intertextuality reveals to what deep degree our understanding of texts is determined by later texts, precisely through the device of intertextual links … [T]he intertextual perspective invites scholars to reflect upon the incalculable amount of eisegesis involved in any examination of literary products, which creates a network of foreknowledge and preconceptions marking our exegesis.
Korinna Zamfir, Review of Biblical Literature