Critical Response to Longenecker’s Lost Letters of Pergamum:
Instructions: Compose and submit a 1550-1860 word (roughly 5-6 page) critical response to the entirety of Longenecker’s novel. This response should pursue the following goals:
- Explain how The Lost Letters contributes to your understanding of ancient epistolary exchanges and collections.
- Explain how The Lost Letters contributes to your understanding of patronage, honor, and shame within the NT—in particular, in this text, distinguish Heen’s concept of “radical patronage” from traditional forms of patronage.
- Explain how The Lost Letters contributes to your overall understanding of the shape of early Christian communities as a countercultural people of God. In particular, bring this text into conversation with Lohfink’s description of the radical, nonviolent, new family/contrast society called forth by Jesus.
- Finally, conclude by contemplating in what ways Longenecker’s text might apply to our own present-day context.
Throughout your paper, demonstrate mastery of the text’s underlying concepts and arguments for best results.
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