Rhetorical Criticism / Edition 1

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Overview

Phyllis Trible examines rhetorical criticism as a discipline within biblical studies. In Part One she surveys the historical antecedents of the method from ancient times to the postmodern era: classical rhetoric, literary critical theory, literary study of the Bible, and form criticism. Trible then presents samples of rhetorical analysis as the art of composition and as the art of persuasion.

In Part Two, formulated guidelines are applied to a detailed study of the book of Jonah. A close reading with respect to structure, syntax, style, and substance elicits a host of meanings embedded in text, enabling the relationship between artistry and theology to emerge with clarity.

Rhetorical Criticism has many distinctive features. It is

the first comprehensive treatment of biblical rhetorical criticism as it has emerged within the latter half of the twentieth century.
a didactic treatise that combines theoretical discussion, practical guidelines, and detailed exegesis interdisciplinary in approach, engaging the rhetorical study of the Bible with expanding developments in secular literary criticism (structuralism, poetics, reader-response criticism, and deconstruction, for example) and in the similarly burgeoning field of contemporary rhetoric itself a model of the rhetorical analysis that it describes accessible both to the novice and to the scholar

Professor Trible examines rhetorical criticism as a discipline within biblical studies. In Part One, she surveys historical antecedents and presents samples of rhetorical analysis. In Part Two, Trible applies formulated guidelines to the book of Jonah, revealing clearly the relationship between artistry and theology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800627980
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/1994
  • Series: Guides to Biblical Scholarship
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Prologue 1
Pt. 1 Context
1 Sketching the Background 5
2 Introducing the Foreground 25
3 Expanding the Background 55
Pt. 2 Method and the Book of Jonah
4 Guidelines for Beginning 91
5 External Design of Jonah 107
6 Internal Structure of Scene One (1:1-16) 123
7 Internal Structure of Scene One (2:1-11) 157
8 Internal Structure of Scene Two (3:1-10) 175
9 Internal Structure of Scene Two (4:1-11) 195
10 Guidelines for Continuing 227
App. A. The Book of Jonah: A Study in Structure 237
App. B. Quiz 245
Authors and Editors 253
Hebrew Words 258
Scripture 259
Subjects 262
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