Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Book Review: 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus

Just polished off another of those NT Wright "For Everyone" commentaries. NT Wright doesn't spend too much time on the academic questions, although he does point out a few passages with the gloriously mixed metaphors that are so indicative of Paul's writing -- who else could put together a string like that? Because it's hard to place these in the timeline of Paul's life, there's just not too much to be said about them, but I think I have unconsciously neglected them as a result of their position in the canon and the "easy way out" of thinking of them as somehow secondary to the undebatedly Pauline letters. Another thing: it had never occurred to me that when Paul was referring to the "all Cretans are liars" quote that he may have been making a little joke, but it sure makes sense to me to look at it that way now.

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