Cover image for Rhetoric and Galatians : assessing an approach to Paul's epistle
Rhetoric and Galatians : assessing an approach to Paul's epistle
Kern, Philip H.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiv, 304 pages ; 22 cm.
Subject Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library BS2685.2 .K47 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



This monograph challenges the accepted notion that Galatians is either a sample of classical rhetoric or should be interpreted in light of Graeco-Roman rhetorical handbooks. It demonstrates that the handbooks of Aristotle, Cicero, et al. discuss a form of oratory which was limited with respect to subject, venue and style of communication, and that Galatians falls outside such boundaries. The inapplicability of ancient canons of rhetoric is reinforced by a detailed comparison of Galatians with the handbooks, a survey of patristic attitudes towards Paul's communicative technique, and interaction with twentieth-century discussions of the nature of New Testament Greek. Dr Kern concludes that rhetorical handbooks were never a tool of literary criticism and that they cannot assist the search for a distinctly Pauline rhetoric. Thus this study has implications not only for Galatians, but also for other New Testament epistles.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 Introduction
2 Towards a definition of rhetoric
3 Methods of rhetorical analysis and Galatians
4 Rhetorical structure and Galatians
5 Rhetorical species and Galatians
6 The language of Paul's Letters 1. As evaluated by early Christian writers
7 The language of Paul's Letters 2. The contribution of modern studies
8 Conclusions
Select bibliography
Index of subjects
Index of modern authors

Google Preview