- Introductory Article (pp. 1-4):
- Lack of Old Testament influence
- Ancient Greek influence
- Stoic influences
- Hellenistic-Jewish influences
- Qumranic influence?
- Post-NT examples
- The impact of these influences on the New Testament writings
- The variety of forms in the New Testament
- The limits of the genre
- The rhetorical functions of the NT lists
- Distribution of Vice and Virtue Lists in the New Testament (chart)
- Detailed Analysis (pp. 5-27):Text (NASB95, UBS4) of every passage, highlighting in context each vice (219+) and virtue (149+), and providing explanatory notes. Vice-related entries are shown in blue. Virtue-related entries are shown in red.
The passages analyzed include:
- Synoptic Gospels (to reflect influences of Jesus’ teaching on the epistles): Matthew 5.1-12; 15.1-20; Mark 7.20-23; Luke 6.20-35
- Early General Epistle James 3.13-17
- Paul’s Travel Epistles: Galatians 5.13-26; First Corinthians 5.9-11; 6.9-10; 13.1-13; Second Corinthians 6.1-10; 12.20-21; Romans 1.28-32; 13.13
- Paul’s Prison Epistles2: Colossians 3.1-17; Ephesians 4.1-3, 25-32; 5.1-14; 6.14-20; Philippians 4.8
- Paul’s Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy 1.8-11; 3.1-7, 8-13; 4.12; 6.11; Titus 1.5-9; 3.1-3; Second Timothy 2.22; 3.1-13
- Later General Epistles: First Peter 2.1-3; 3.8-9; 4.1-6, 15-16; Second Peter 1.1-11; Hebrews 7.26-27
- John’s Apocalypse: Revelation 9.20-21; 21.5-8; 22.14-15
- Exhaustive Concordance (pp. 29-50):
- 188 entries, providing an exhaustive index of each vice and each virtue from the previous passages.
- Items are listed alphabetically by Greek lexeme, with cognates grouped together under larger headings
- NASB95 and UBS4 text is provided for context.
- Again, the vice-related entries are shown in blue and the virtue-related entries are shown in red.
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