Ancient Rhetoric and Paul's Apology: The Compositional Unity of 2 Corinthians

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Januar 2011



Pauline scholarship has typically interpreted 2 Corinthians as a later editorial composite of several letters. Fredrick Long situates the text within Classical literary and rhetorical conventions and argues for its unity based upon numerous parallels with ancient apology in the tradition of Andocides, Socrates, Isocrates and Demosthenes. He provides a comprehensive survey and rigorous genre analysis of ancient forensic discourse in support of his claims, and demonstrates how the unified message of Paul's letter can be recovered.


1. An apology for the unity of 2 Corinthians; Part I. A Survey of Ancient Forensic Discourse: 2. The anatomy of a genre: sources, nature and features of forensic rhetoric; 3. Forensic exigency; 4. Forensic invention; 5. Forensic disposition; 6. Apologetic letters; Part II. A Rhetorical Analysis of 2 Corinthians as Ancient Apology: 7. The rhetorical exigency of 2 Corinthians; 8. The rhetorical disposition of 2 Corinthians; 9. The rhetorical invention of 2 Corinthians; 10. The rhetoric of 2 Corinthians and the nature of Paul's theology.


Fredrick J. Long is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana.


Review of the hardback: '... crisply written and admirably clear ... This is a thorough and well-written book and deserves to be taken seriously. It makes a cogent and significant contribution to the development of rhetorical criticism of the New Testament.' Reviews in Religion and Theology Review of the hardback: 'The argumentation and verification of statements are sound and excellent. ... For the reviewer the value of this monograph lies in the fact that this publication will initiate further discussion and debate ... [Long's] study will be of relevance to Classicists and NT Scholars alike.' Neotestamentica
EAN: 9780521842334
ISBN: 0521842336
Untertitel: 'Society for New Testament Stud'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2011
Seitenanzahl: 312 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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