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Rhetorics and Hermeneutics: Wilhelm Wuellner and His Influence

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Wilhelm Wuellner is the father of rhetorical criticism of the New Testament and his work has focused on the ever-present relationship between hermeneutics and rhetorics. He has emphasized that at no time in the history of rhetoric was rhetoric a unified or monolithic field. He attributes the demise of rhetoric in the nineteenth century to the rise of Romanticism and its connection with irrationalism, as well as the profound technological shift in the media of communication with the advent of the print culture and...

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Overview

Wilhelm Wuellner is the father of rhetorical criticism of the New Testament and his work has focused on the ever-present relationship between hermeneutics and rhetorics. He has emphasized that at no time in the history of rhetoric was rhetoric a unified or monolithic field. He attributes the demise of rhetoric in the nineteenth century to the rise of Romanticism and its connection with irrationalism, as well as the profound technological shift in the media of communication with the advent of the print culture and the loss of the living word and he emphasizes the counter-cultural nature of Jewish and Christian rhetoric.

Together the essays provide not only a fitting tribute to the continuing influence of Wuellner and his work but also original studies of various New Testament texts read through the eyes of rhetorical criticism. Since Wuellner is well-known outside of New Testament circles, this collection will also appeal to classical rhetoricians.

James D. Hester is Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of the Redlands, California. J. David Hester is an Alexander von Humbolt Research Fellow at the Interfaukultäres Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften of the Univerity of Tübingen. He is also the adjunct Instructor of Humanities at Santa Rosa Junior College, California.

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James D. Hester, Professor of Religion, Emeritus, and Research Professor, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA. Co-Director, The Rhetorical New Testament Project, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, CA. Editor, Rhetorics and Hermeneutics: Wilhelm Wuellner and His Influence, New York: Continuum, 2004.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1 The Wuellnerian sublime : rhetorics, power and the ethics of commun(icat)ion 3
2 Reconceiving a rhetoric of religion : a rhetorics of power and the power of the sublime 23
3 Wilhelm Wuellner and the promise of rhetoric 78
4 Where is Wuellner's anti-hermeneutical hermeneutic taking us? : from Schleiermacher to Thistleton and beyond 105
5 Applause and applause lines in the gospel of Mark 129
6 Luke and the rhetorics of discipleship : the "L" parables as case study 145
7 Paul's periodic apologia 175
8 The rhetoric of transcendence in the book of Revelation 193
9 John Chrysostom as modern rhetorician 218
A bibliography of Wilhelm Wuellner's writings 241
Contributors 249
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