By Perry L. Stepp
Seeing that New testomony instances, the dialogue of management succession within the church has regularly been polemical. yet what the recent testomony, in particular within the Pastoral Epistles, capacity in conversing of succession merits a extra sober research within the mild of the literary culture approximately succession within the historical Mediterranean global. How is succession truly depicted in Graeco-Roman texts and in Jewish and early Christian texts of that international? This publication undertakes, for the 1st time, a thoroughgoing research of the facts, deftly laying out the information from quite a lot of Greek and Roman writers. The query then turns into how the early readers of the hot testomony, conditioned through previous wisdom of such epistolary and different literary conventions, might have interpreted Paul's courting along with his delegates like Timothy and Titus, and the way they might have conceived the ministry portrayed within the Pastorals as passing from a pacesetter to a successor. Stepp's research has very important implications either for our realizing of the traditional Mediterranean global and for our conceptions of ordination and ministry within the New testomony.
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Here, succession of leadership/rule serves three functions. First, it promotes stability by ensuring continuity of possession. Second, it ensures continuity of manner, by ensuring that the predecessor(s) and successor(s) approach characteristic tasks with the same attitude, in the same manner. Third, succession ensures continuity of effect—those who are in power are able to continue using their power to benefit themselves. Figure 7 (opposite) illustrates the central exchanges in this succession.
He believes that he has himself ruled well and benevolently, and seeks a successor whom he believes will rule in the same way. Here, succession serves to ensure continuity of manner of rule (from Augustus’s perspective) and continuity of effect (from the people’s perspective, assuming as Augustus did that they felt they were being ruled well). I can map the exchanges in the passage thus: 22. W. Rich, The Augustan Settlement: Roman History 53–59/ Cassius Dio (Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 1990). 23.
Second: If the authorial audience would have inferred succession in a relationship, how does that succession function? What would they have understood that succession to achieve for the people involved in the succession and for the people around it? Prima facie, the Pastoral Epistles are letters from Paul to Timothy and Titus, young missionaries who were engaged in work Paul had assigned to them. All three letters center on the importance of safeguarding the integrity of the Church’s teaching, although they emphasize different aspects and prescribe different actions with regard to that teaching.