Critical Response to Longeneckerâ€™s Lost Letters of Pergamum:
Instructions: Compose and submit a 1550-1860 word (roughly 5-6 page) critical response to the entirety of Longeneckerâ€™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 NTâ€”in particular, in this text, distinguish Heenâ€™s concept of â€œradical patronageâ€ 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 Lohfinkâ€™s description of the radical, nonviolent, new family/contrast society called forth by Jesus.
- Finally, conclude by contemplating in what ways Longeneckerâ€™s text might apply to our own present-day context.
Throughout your paper, demonstrate mastery of the textâ€™s underlying concepts and arguments for best results.