We had a good meeting of the Pastoral Epistles Study Group at ETS last week. Stan Porter was unable to attend due to health issues, so we missed his paper. We were glad to hear, though, that he is on the mend.
David Yoon presented his paper, “The Register of Paul in 1
Timothy: Why the Pastorals May Differ in ‘Style’ than the Hauptbrief,”
which summarized the linguistic category of “register” which covers what people
generally refer to as “style” when they say that the style of the PE differ so
much from the accepted Pauline epistles. In the end, Yoon argued there is not
enough evidence to establish what an acceptable variance would be, and thus
that difference in register is slim basis for any argument concerning authorship.
Yoon’s analysis then agrees with the significant recent monograph by Jermo Van
Nes, Pauline Language and the Pastoral Epistles: A Study of Linguistic
Variation in the Corpus Paulinum (Linguistic Biblical Studies 16;
Leiden: Brill, 2018).