Reassessing a rhetorical approach to Paul's letters

Bird, Michael F. (2008) Reassessing a rhetorical approach to Paul's letters. Expository Times, 119 8: 374-379. doi:10.1177/0014524608091188

Author Bird, Michael F.
Title Reassessing a rhetorical approach to Paul's letters
Journal name Expository Times   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-5246
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0014524608091188
Open Access Status
Volume 119
Issue 8
Start page 374
End page 379
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Rhetorical criticism of Paul’s letters has become commonplace, especially in commentaries on Paul’s writings. However, using the rhetorical handbooks for studying the Pauline writings has come under severe criticism as to whether or not it is methodologically sound to import and apply rhetorical categories to the Pauline letters and to the New Testament in general. This study assesses the value and limits of applying rhetorical criticism to Paul’s letters and argues that the letters should be understood principally through epistolography and only secondarily in terms of a functional rhetoric.
Keyword Paul
Rhetorical criticism
New Testament interpretation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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