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The Evolution of the Pauline Canon

Robert M. Price
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 53, No 1/2 | a1595 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v53i1/2.1595 | © 1997 Robert M. Price | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 December 1997 | Published: 13 December 1997

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Robert M. Price, nstitute for Higher Critical Studies Drew University, Madison, NJ, USA, United States

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The article aims at reviewing theories of how the Pauline Corpus first came to be. A taxonomy consisting of four families of theories is established: Paul himself collected his writings; after his death Paul lived forth in the form of a collection of his writings; an intercourse between one Pauline center and another gradually led to the exchange of copies of letters; the collection of Paul's letters gave him pothumously a centrality which he lacked in his own time until about 90 C E. The article concludes with the disputed question whether all of Paul's writings in the New Testament descend or diverge from a particular, definitive edition of the Pauline Corpus.


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