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Pauline Persuasion: A Sounding in 2 Corinthians 8-9 by Kieran O'Mahony

By Kieran O'Mahony

This is a e-book in regards to the use of classical rhetoric in interpreting Paul. It starts off with an invaluable overview of some of the recommendations, and, within the mild of the problems that emerge, it describes a rhetorical process that's then proven on 2 Corinthians 8-9. right here, the recommendation of the classical rhetorical manuals for developing a textual content is used-in opposite order-so as to discover the persuasive technique getting used by means of Paul for this reason. this method ends up in a particularly new interpreting of the 2 chapters, which O'Mahony then proceeds to check opposed to the normal paintings within the box via Hans Dieter Betz.

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Keegan 1985 simply ignores the Antiochean school. An exception is B. de Margerie 1993, who devotes an entire chapter to John Chrysostom. 3. See Jeanrond 1992: 434; Grant and Tracy 1984: ch. 7, pp. 63-72; Baur 1959:321. 4. Kelly 1995: 91 dates the homilies to 392/3. 2. History of Rhetorical Readings of 2 Corinthians 8-9 51 confirms his reputation as a speaker of great eloquence and power. He was a trained rhetor and it is possible that his early education in the art of speaking was under Libanius (see Pollastri 1882), a rhetor who himself had taught successively at Athens, at Nicomedia and at Antioch in Syria, the birthplace of John Chrysostom.

Kennedy 1994: 83 writes, 'coincidentally a Greek boy had athletic training, perhaps geometry lessons, and often music lessons, but none of these was a concern of the school itself, which was exclusively devoted to literary studies'. 43. it shows much in common with traditional rhetorical theory... For this reason the treatise may be considered quite useful for rhetorical analysis of Paul' (Anderson 1996: 47). Cf. Kennedy 1996: 88-90. 1. Introduction and Methodology 37 Panaetius of Rhodes who thought that voice production had been neglected by rhetorical theory.

1) (Betz 1992: 187). 37. Gnilka 1996: 9-17 provides a brief summary of how scholarship has at different times emphasized the Greek and the Jewish inheritance of Paul. 38 That is not yet to say that rhetoric is omnipresent, but it is sufficient to establish that Paul can use rhetoric in a very expert way indeed. That it was possible for a Jew to be thoroughly at home in both cultures can be seen from the Book of Wisdom and from the work of Philo of Alexandria. From that it is possible to argue backwards to a familiarity with rhetoric which goes beyond a layman's skill.

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