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The concept of "compassion" in the authentic Pauline letters

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dc.contributor.author Rowe, Rose
dc.contributor.author Strydom, Johan M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-09T06:58:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-09T06:58:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5531
dc.description.abstract The aim of this paper is to offer a nuanced study of ‘compassion’ in the context of the Pauline Letters. The Letters are considered within the socio-political context of imperial Rome. ‘Compassion’ is a complex emotion; therefore, it has been necessary to include, in my analysis, cognate sentiments such as patience, kindness, gentleness, and perseverance. Since this is a semantic study, the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains, compiled by Louw and Nida (L-N), is used extensively. A dictionary provides a potential meaning, but it is the context of the sentence, the sentence within a larger unit of the text as a whole considered within the prevailing social conditions, that influences meaning. This method reveals that Paul envisages ‘compassion’ as the means to establish communities, not enslaved by the values of ‘the world’, nor grasping things for themselves at the expense of others. In Paul, ‘compassion’ is expansive and inclusive, where the good of the whole community is valued. His paradigm is the sacrifice of Christ. Introduction en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject "Compassion" en
dc.subject Pauline letters en
dc.title The concept of "compassion" in the authentic Pauline letters en
dc.type Article en


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