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Arguing with Scripture : The Rhetoric of Scripture in the Letters of Paul - Stanley Christopher

Arguing with Scripture

The Rhetoric of Scripture in the Letters of Paul

Paperback Published: 10th May 2004
ISBN: 9780567026309

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Drawing on recent discussions of quotations in the fields of rhetorics, linguistics, and literary studies, Stanley argues that Paul's explicit appeals to Jewish Scriptures must be analyzed as rhetorical devices that seek to influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of a first-century audience, an approach that requires a different set of questions and methods than scholars have typically used in their studies of Paul's quotations. Key questions include why Paul quoted words of Scripture to support some of his arguments and not others; how quotations help to advance the developing arguments of Paul's letters; and how a mostly illiterate first-century audience from a variety of backgrounds might have viewed these sudden intrusions of material from a Jewish religious text. Answering these questions requires paying careful attention to the affective and poetic dimensions as well as the intellectual aspects of the original audience's encounter with the Holy Scriptures of Israel. Christopher Stanley is Professor of Theology at St. Bonaventure University. He is the author of Paul and the Language of Scripture as well as numerous articles on the social, literary, and rhetorical context of Paul's letters.

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Review International Review of Biblical Studies, vol 51,2004/05

The rhetoric of quotations
Rhetorical perspectivesp. 9
Literary perspectivesp. 22
Paul and his audience(s)p. 38
Analyzing Paul's quotationsp. 62
Case studies
First Corinthiansp. 75
Second Corinthiansp. 97
Galatiansp. 114
Romansp. 136
Conclusionp. 171
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ISBN: 9780567026309
ISBN-10: 0567026302
Series: New Testament Ser.
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 10th May 2004
Publisher: T&T CLARK PUBL
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.5  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1