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Gerber, Christine. 2005. Paulus und seine ‚Kinder': Studien zur Beziehungsmetaphorik der paulinischen Briefe. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 576 pp.
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Book – monograph
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With his Epistles, the Apostle Paul not only gave theological instruction but also cultivated individual relationships with the communities he was addressing. This study examines how the Epistles set up and secure Paul’s continuing importance for the churches if it has not already been established through his Apostolate. This is achieved above all by means of metaphors. The study focuses on the parent-child metaphors (1 Thess. 2; 1 Cor. 4; Gal. 4) with which Paul seeks to bind his “children” to himself in a special way. (Publisher Book Description)