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Ancient Rhetoric and Paul's Apology : The Compositional Unity of 2 Corinthians - Fredrick J. Long

Ancient Rhetoric and Paul's Apology

The Compositional Unity of 2 Corinthians


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Second Corinthians is Paul's apology to the Corinthians for failing to visit them, using rhetorical persuasion in his letters, and appearing unapproved for the collection. The scholarly consensus maintains that 2 Corinthians is a conglomeration of letters due to its literary and logistical inconsistencies. Consequently, most interpretations of 2 Corinthians treat only parts of it. However, a new consensus is emerging. 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 shows how the unified message of Paul's letter can be recovered. His study will be of relevance to Classicists and New Testament scholars alike.

From the hardback review: '... 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 From the hardback review: '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

An apology for the unity of 2 Corinthians
A Survey of Ancient Forensic Discourse
The anatomy of a genre: sources, nature and features of forensic rhetoric
Forensic exigency
Forensic invention
Forensic disposition
Apologetic letters
A Rhetorical Analysis of 2 Corinthians as Ancient Apology
The rhetorical exigency of 2 Corinthians
The rhetorical disposition of 2 Corinthians
The rhetorical invention of 2 Corinthians
The rhetoric of 2 Corinthians and the nature of Paul's theology.
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ISBN: 9780521842334
ISBN-10: 0521842336
Series: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 4th January 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55