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Rhetorical Criticism

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Author(s): Watson, Duane F.
[German Version] denotes the analysis of New Testament texts with respect to the “invention” ( inventio) of their argument, the arrangement ( dispositio) of their components, and their style ( elocutio). It may be based on classical Jewish and Greco-Roman rhetorical standards, modern theories of rhetoric, or a combination of both. Rhetorical criticism based on classical rhetoric is a historical discipline that analyzes NT texts in the context of their contemporary oral and written culture. It presupposes that the NT authors …

Rhetorical Criticism

(189 words)

Author(s): Watson, Duane F.
[English Version] . Unter Rh.C. versteht man die rhetorische Analyse von ntl. Texten im Hinblick auf »Auffindung« (inventio) des Arguments, Anordnung der Komponenten (dispositio) und Stil (elocutio). Sie kann die klassischen jüd. und griech.-röm. rhetorischen Maßstäbe, moderne Rhetoriktheorien oder eine Kombination von beiden zur Grundlage haben. Rh.C. auf der Basis der klassischen Rhetorik ist eine hist. Disziplin, welche die ntl. Texte in den Kontext ihrer zeitgenössischen mündlichen und schrift…


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Author(s): Watson, Duane F. | Otto, Gert
1. History of the Rhetoric and the Bible 1.1. History of Rhetoric Corax of Sicily is credited with having conceptualized and systematized rhetoric in 476 b.c. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Tisias, a student of Corax. Gorgias, an ambassador from Sicily, is thought to have presented rhetoric to Athens in 427 b.c. and to have stayed and founded a school of rhetoric. Rhetoric was further systematized quickly in response to the judicial and political needs of democratic society in Greece. At this t…