Postcards from the (Canon’s) Edge: The Pastoral Epistles and Derrida’s The Post Card

  • Robert Paul Seesengood
Part of the Religion/Culture/Critique book series (RCCR)


On the surface, the Pastorals seem the most intimate of the writings attributed to Paul; 1 and 2 Timothy are addressed, “to my loyal child in the faith,” “to my beloved child”; Titus is penned to “my loyal child.” Paul explains his immediate plans (1 Tim. 3:14), requests his books and papers, and inquires about a forgotten cloak (2 Tim. 4:13). Timothy is given personal encouragement (1 Tim. 4:12) and advice about his character, public presentation (1 Tim. 6:11—19), and physical health (1 Tim. 5:23: “Take a little wine for your stomach”). Titus is invited, with the tone of one pained by separation, to “do your best to come to me” (3:12). We might hope to develop from these letters a side of Paul saved for his closest colleagues.


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