In the words of the apostle: Pauline apostolic discourse in the letters of Boniface and his circle
Early Medieval Europe
© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd This article analyses the correspondence of Boniface and his associates, arguing that Boniface deliberately but subtly communicates a Pauline apostolic identity in his letters, expressing his personal and professional successes, struggles, and feelings through a pervasive language of biblical allusions drawn primarily from the Pauline Epistles. The effectiveness of this hermeneutic becomes apparent when we see the complicity of Boniface's fellow correspondents and their ability and willingness to respond to his Pauline allusions in kind. They express their support of Boniface's missionary and reform projects through their participation in these discursive practices; their ability to recognize, interpret and engage with this biblical language supplies the meaning to his words and, in doing so, systematically constitutes Boniface as an apostolic figure.
Godlove, Shannon, "In the words of the apostle: Pauline apostolic discourse in the letters of Boniface and his circle" (2017). Faculty Bibliography. 2923.