By Kieran O'Mahony
This is a ebook in regards to the use of classical rhetoric in examining Paul. It starts with an invaluable assessment of a few of the recommendations, and, within the gentle of the problems that emerge, it describes a rhetorical procedure that's then confirmed on 2 Corinthians 8-9. right here, the recommendation of the classical rhetorical manuals for developing a textual content is used-in opposite order-so as to discover the persuasive process getting used through Paul accordingly. this method ends up in a relatively new analyzing of the 2 chapters, which O'Mahony then proceeds to check opposed to the normal paintings within the box by way of Hans Dieter Betz.
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4-5; Ep. Phil. 5). We ought also to remember that at some point Paul learnt the trade of tent-making (Anderson 1996: 249). This is a very revealing comment. Although confessing the lack of data, Anderson seems sure of what may be excluded. He seems unaware of Hengel's work on the pre-Christian Paul. According to Anderson, a full classical and rhetorical training may be excluded (while permitting, at most, familiarity with the progymnasmata). 36 Perhaps this is not as inconsistent as it appears at first—it would 35.
Chrysostom does not suspect that 2 Corinthians might be a collection of several letters: he simply assumes the unity of the text. His few remarks on the coherence of the text cannot, therefore, be taken to be in dialogue with the division theories. Nevertheless, we may say that he sees 8-9 as a distinct topic within the letter, different from what precedes and from what follows. Furthermore, his rhetor's feeling for the overall coherence of the text leads him occasionally to comment on the coherence of these two chapters.
Dean Anderson and J. Smit, I propose to use the following texts: Rhetorica ad Alexandrum (350-300 BCE), Rhetorica ad Herennium (86-82 BCE), Cicero's De Inventione (80 BCE) and his De Partitione Oratoria (45 BCE). To these we may add Demetrius' De Elocutione (uncertain date, probably 44. These three works are considered to be quite unlike traditional rhetorical treatises, and may be a result of Cicero's embarrassment with his youthful work. Cf. Anderson 1996: 74. 45. This work is a history of Roman oratory, and judged by Anderson to be less than useful for our purposes.
Pauline Persuasion: A Sounding in 2 Corinthians 8-9 by Kieran O'Mahony