Rhetorical Analysis: An Introduction to Biblical Rhetoric

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The analysis of biblical rhetoric has been developed only in the last 250 years. The first half of this book outlines the history of the method known as rhetorical analysis in biblical studies, illustrated by numerous texts. The work of Lowth (who focused on 'parallelism'), Bengel (who drew attention to 'chiasmus'), Jebb and Boys (the method's real founders at the turban of the ninteenth century) and Lund (the chief exponent in the mid-twentieth century) are all discussed, as is the current full blooming of ...

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Overview

The analysis of biblical rhetoric has been developed only in the last 250 years. The first half of this book outlines the history of the method known as rhetorical analysis in biblical studies, illustrated by numerous texts. The work of Lowth (who focused on 'parallelism'), Bengel (who drew attention to 'chiasmus'), Jebb and Boys (the method's real founders at the turban of the ninteenth century) and Lund (the chief exponent in the mid-twentieth century) are all discussed, as is the current full blooming of rhetorical analysis. The second half of the book is a systematic account of the method, testing it on Psalms 113 and 146, on the first two chapters of Amos, and many other texts, especially from Luke. Translated by Luc Racaut.

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Roland Meynet is Professor of Biblical Exegesis at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition 7
Preface 9
Abbreviations 16
Prologue 19
Introduction 37
Pt. I The Founding Texts of Rhetorical Analysis
Ch. 1 The Forerunners (Eighteenth Century) 44
Ch. 2 The Founders (Nineteenth Century) 65
Ch. 3 Rediscovery and Expansion (Twentieth Century) 131
Pt. II Exposition of Rhetorical Analysis
Ch. 4 Presuppositions of Rhetorical Analysis 168
Ch. 5 Relationships Between Linguistic Elements 182
Ch. 6 The Figures of Composition 199
Ch. 7 The Situation of Rhetorical Analysis in the Field of Exegesis 309
Ch. 8 The Fruits of Rhetorical Analysis for Biblical Exegesis 317
Conclusion 351
Ugaritic text 357
Akkadian texts 358
Islamic text 359
Bibliography 360
Glossary of Technical Terms 372
Index of Biblical References 377
Index of Authors 385
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