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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…

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 …