Subtitle: an enquiry into the Church’s self-understanding as the theological context of Paul’s paraklesis
The imperative mood expresses commands or requests. The sum-total of what is required from a Christian may be called “the Christian Imperative”. One of the major questions in the study of the New Testament, and particularly the writings of Paul, is the relationship between the indicative, i.e. statements of fact, and the imperative, i.e. what we should do or think. Many of Paul’s letters are structured with the first part focusing on the indicative and the second the imperative, which is often referred to as his paraklêsis (often translated exhortation or encouragement).
Any discussion of morality in Paul must come to grips with the question of this relationship. Rather than rushing immediately to surface elements it is instructive to first consider the Biblical-Theological framework within which Paul and his readers are working.
The goal of the enquiry is announced:
He describes how the study will proceed:
Updated 2009-10-18 (build:61) by Andrew Fountain