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Rhetoric And The New Testament: Essays From The 1992 Heidelberg Conference

Sheffield Academic

The first nineteen papers in this volume concern rhetoric and NT interpretation: F. W. Hughes on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31) and Greco-Roman rhetoric; F. Siegert on mass communication and prose rhythm in Lk-Acts; J. I. H. McDonald on rhetorical issues and rhetorical strategy in Lk 10:25-37 and Acts 10:1–11:18; D. Marguerat on the end of Acts (28:16-31) and the rhetoric of silence; J. J. Murphy on early Christianity as a ‘persuasive campaign’–evidence from Acts and Paul’s letters; Porter on the theoretical justification for application of rhetorical categories to Pauline epistolary literature; D. Hellholm on amplificatio in the macro-structure of Romans; J. N. Vorster on strategies of persuasion in Rom 1:16-17; M. Schoeni on the hyperbolic sublime as a master trope in Romans; D. L. Stamps on rethinking the rhetorical situation–the entextualization of the situation in NT epistles; J.Smit on the argument and genre of 1 Corinthians 12–14; D. F. Watson on Paul’s rhetorical strategy in 1 Corinthians 15; G. Holland on speaking like a fool–irony in 2 Corinthians 10–13; C. J. Classen on Paul’s epistles and ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric; J. T. Reed on using ancient rhetorical categories to interpret Paul’s letters–a question of genre; A. H. Snyman on persuasion in Phil 4:1-20; C. Basevi and J. Chapa on Phil 2:6-11–the rhetorical function of a Pauline ‘hymn’; J. W. Marshall on Paul’s ethical appeal in Philippians; and Olbricht on Hebrews as amplification. The remaining eight papers deal with rhetoric and questions of method: K. Berger on rhetorical criticism, new form criticism, and NT hermeneutics; B. Lategan on textual space as rhetorical device; P. J. J. Botha on the verbal art of the Pauline letters–rhetoric, performance, and presence; J. A.Crafton on the dancing of an attitude–Burkean rhetorical criticism and the biblical interpreter; V. K. Robbins on rhetoric and culture–exploring types of cultural rhetoric in a text; L. ThurĂ©n on studying ethical argumentation and persuasion in the NT; A.-S. DiMarco on rhetoric and hermeneutic–chiasmus and circularity; and W. Wuellner on biblical exegesis in light of the history and historicity of rhetoric and the nature of the rhetoric of religion. Also included are a preface by Olbricht, a dedication to Wuellner (and his bibliography), and an introduction by Porter.

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