Rhetorics in the New Millennium: Promise and Fulfillment

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This collection of essays contains contributions from scholars who are recognized as among the best practitioners of New Testament rhetorical criticism. Three of them describe general theories of rhetoric based on both classical and contemporary models. The remainder provide new readings based on special theories of rhetoric, some not typically used in rhetorical analysis of New Testament texts. All have two audiences in mind: those who have been engaged in rhetorical criticism and those who hope to learn more ...

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Overview

This collection of essays contains contributions from scholars who are recognized as among the best practitioners of New Testament rhetorical criticism. Three of them describe general theories of rhetoric based on both classical and contemporary models. The remainder provide new readings based on special theories of rhetoric, some not typically used in rhetorical analysis of New Testament texts. All have two audiences in mind: those who have been engaged in rhetorical criticism and those who hope to learn more about how such criticism is done. Extensive notes, appendices, and a bibliography contribute to further understanding of the enterprise.

The book is organized into three sections. The first is a collection of three essays that are primarily theoretical in nature. One is an essay by Wilhelm Wuellner that has never appeared in English.

The second is a series of analyses done by scholars not only from New Testament, but also from classics, literary criticism, and communications. Each uses a different theoretical model to analyze a text.

The third is a series of appendices that summarize for the reader information about the content of certain theoretical models of criticism.

 Finally, a bibliography listing a wide variety of rhetorical critical studies and reference works is included. (An index could be added once final pagination is settled.)

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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.

J. David Hester, independent scholar. 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

Contributors

1. Rhetorics in and for a New Millennium

James D. Hester [University of Redlands]

Part One: Mapping New Rhetorics

2. The Rhetoric of Inquiry

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza [Harvard University]

3. Reading Scripture as/for Public Knowledge

Gary D. Salyer [Fuller Theological Seminary]

4. The Pre-Christian Paul and Rhetoric

Wilhelm Wuellner [Pacific School of Religion]

Part Two: Rhetorical Readings:

Re-Reading the Power of Persuasion

5. Rhetoric, Culture, and Ideology: Socio-Rhetorical Analysis in the Reading of New Testament Texts

L. Gregory Bloomquist [St. Paul's University]

6. The Ironic Drama of Matthew 22:15—46

Lewis Leroy (Lee) Snyder [University of Nebraska]

7. Forged in Fire: A Study of the Generic Dynamics in the Acts of the Apostles

Dale L. Sullivan [North Dakota State University]

8. Paul and the Rhetoric of Ignorance

Greg Carey [Lancaster Theological Seminary]

9. Pseudonymity As Rhetoric: A Prolegomenon to the Study of Pauline Pseudepigrapha

Frank W. Hughes

10. Word as Works: Philosophical Protreptic and the Epistle of James

Carol Poster

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