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A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of the Letter to Philemon in Light of the New Institutional Economics - An Exhortation to Transform a Master-Slave Economic Relationship into a Brotherly Loving Relationship

A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of the Letter to Philemon in Light of the New Institutional Economics - An Exhortation to Transform a Master-Slave Economic Relationship into a Brotherly Loving Relationship

of: Alex Hon Ho Ip

Mohr Siebeck , 2017

ISBN: 9783161555831 , 246 Pages

Format: PDF

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Price: 84,00 EUR



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A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of the Letter to Philemon in Light of the New Institutional Economics - An Exhortation to Transform a Master-Slave Economic Relationship into a Brotherly Loving Relationship


 

In this study, Alex Hon Ho Ip argues that when Paul wrote to Philemon about Onesimus, his main purpose was not to try and reunite, as is widely held, a runaway slave with his master, but rather to have Onesimus accepted as a beloved brother in Christ. By examining the letter's inner texture, the author shows that Paul's main concern was for Philemon and Onesimus to be reconciled in brotherly love. The inter-textual weave reveals Paul's theological and ethical thoughts on love, which is the basis for the apostle's main argument. By taking a new institutional economics approach to help reconstruct the economic relationship between slave and master, Alex Hon Ho Ip is able to offer a better understanding of the original relationship Paul argued against. With all this in mind, the focus is on re-reading the letter and hearing how Paul's rhetoric exhorts a new relationship between Onesimus and Philemon.