In this comment on James McGrath’s blog, Claude shares an outline for Paul’s particular style of letter writing.
Here’s the loutline:
A. (From) Paul (and his associates)
B. to (name of the recipients of the letter)
C. “Grace and peace”
II. Prayer for the recipients’ faithfulness (including a summary of the two basic themes in section III) [Thanksgiving Period]
III. (Theological) reflections on two basic themes: [Letter Body]
A. The situation of the recipients
B. Paul’s authority as an envoy to the nations [Apostolic Parousia]
C. Addendum: An update on Paul’s travel plans
IV. Ethical exhortations or advice [Paraenesis]
McGaughy, Lane; Schmidt, Daryl D.; Hoover, Roy W.; Dewey, Arthur J. (2011-06-01). The Authentic Letters of Paul (Kindle Locations 451-456). Polebridge Press. Kindle Edition.
Follow the link to Claude’s comment to see the context of this excerpt.