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For the reason that New testomony occasions, the dialogue of management succession within the church has continually been polemical. yet what the hot testomony, particularly within the Pastoral Epistles, potential in talking of succession merits a extra sober research within the gentle of the literary culture approximately succession within the old Mediterranean global. How is succession really depicted in Graeco-Roman texts and in Jewish and early Christian texts of that international? This e-book undertakes, for the 1st time, a thoroughgoing research of the facts, deftly laying out the information from quite a lot of Greek and Roman writers. The query then turns into how the early readers of the recent testomony, conditioned through past wisdom of such epistolary and different literary conventions, may have interpreted Paul's dating together with his delegates like Timothy and Titus, and the way they'd have conceived the ministry portrayed within the Pastorals as passing from a pace-setter to a successor. Stepp's learn has very important implications either for our knowing of the traditional Mediterranean global and for our conceptions of ordination and ministry within the New testomony.

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