Consolation in Philippians: Philosophical Sources and by Paul A. Holloway

By Paul A. Holloway

Rhetorical feedback seeks to appreciate and touch upon the way in which texts functionality of their social and cultural contexts. Holloway places Paul's letter within the context of old theories and literary practices of "consolation" and argues that Paul wrote to the Philippians on the way to console them. He exhibits that the letter has a unified total procedure and gives a resounding account of Paul's argument.

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2 in the above scenario). The interval implied on this reading of 2:25±30 is not problematic, since by Paul's own admission he has few trustworthy associates with him at this point in time (cf. 90 The real dif®culty lies in the supposition that correspondence had passed between Paul and the Philippians after Epaphroditus' arrival and before the sending of the letter containing 2:25±30. But the argument that there had been additional communication from Paul to the Philippians has not yet been successfully made.

2 and 3 is at best ambiguous, since on an equally compelling form-critical analysis it can be argued that Paul 67 It is important that we understand clearly what Funk is calling for here. Interpreters are expected to explain the elements present in a text. But what Funk stipulates is that we need to explain not only what is there, but what is not there when the text is measured against some ideal form. 68 The Language of the Gospel: Early Christian Rhetoric (New York: Harper & Row, 1964) 39; quoted with approval in Funk, Language, 248.

Ending 1 Corinthians at 4:21 is equally odd, though here Funk suggests that chs. ''72 As for 1 Thessalonians, the status of chs. 2 and 3 is at best ambiguous, since on an equally compelling form-critical analysis it can be argued that Paul 67 It is important that we understand clearly what Funk is calling for here. Interpreters are expected to explain the elements present in a text. But what Funk stipulates is that we need to explain not only what is there, but what is not there when the text is measured against some ideal form.

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