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Jesus, Rhetoric and Law (Biblical Interpretation Series, Vol 20) (Biblical Interpretation Series, Vol 20) Ian H. Henderson

Jesus, Rhetoric and Law (Biblical Interpretation Series, Vol 20) (Biblical Interpretation Series, Vol 20)

Ian H. Henderson

Published March 1st 1996
ISBN : 9789004103771
Hardcover
437 pages
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This study locates pre-gospel orality and gospel literacy within Greco-Roman rhetorical norms for education and performance. Heavy use of a few basic rhetorical conventions marks the gospel tradition as a marginal yet rhetorically competent attemptMoreThis study locates pre-gospel orality and gospel literacy within Greco-Roman rhetorical norms for education and performance. Heavy use of a few basic rhetorical conventions marks the gospel tradition as a marginal yet rhetorically competent attempt to create a Christian public. The book identifies gnomic sayings as the thickest available sample of gospel rhetorics, an alternative to samples based on chreia and parable. Gnome-use is central throughout ancient rhetorical theory and practice. Gnome is therefore an especially good focus for comparative study, particularly of characterisation and legal topicality. This work establishes a credible model of interaction among the speech-habits of Jesus, those of early Christian oral tradition, and the innovative rhetorics of gospel and epistolary texts. The plurality of rhetorical-criticisms current in New Testament studies is also addressed.