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Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Rhetoric
Rhetoric The art of composing an oral or written presentation by using style, argumentation, and arrangement of language to persuade an audience to a particular inclination.
Rhetorical Criticism
Rhetorical Criticism The practice of examining the rhetorical elements within biblical texts to ascertain the author’s emphases for the original audience.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism
RHETORIC AND RHETORICAL CRITICISM. Rhetoric is the art of composition by which language is made descriptive, interpretive, or persuasive. Related to it is oratory, the art of effective public speaking. The study of rhetoric is a classical discipline that goes back to Aristotle, and insights from the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Rhetorical Criticism
Rhetorical Criticism The analysis of a text or entire book of the Bible according to the patterns and systems of speaking and writing both in the period in which it was written and according to more modern literary and rhetorical theories. It is an attempt to understand better the author’s thinking
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Rhetorical Criticism
Rhetorical criticismRhetorical criticism is the analysis of portions of the Gospels or an entire Gospel according to Greco-Roman and modern rhetorical and literary conventions and theories. It is the effort to understand the Gospel writer’s message, its structure and persuasive techniques, how individual
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Rhetoric
RhetoricThe world of Paul’s day was deeply enamored with public oratory by virtuoso rhetors known as sophists. Because Christianity placed such an emphasis on public preaching, its speakers would inevitably be judged by sophisticated audiences according to the canons of rhetoric. Therefore, as a missionary,
Rhetorical Criticism
Rhetorical criticismThough Paul said that his preaching was not marked by the use of persuasive rhetoric (1 Cor 1:17–2:5), and his critics agreed (see Rhetoric), his letters were considered “weighty and forceful” even by those critics (2 Cor 10:10). Since Paul wrote his letters to be read aloud to the
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Rhetoric
RHETORICThroughout the history of biblical studies, especially in the early church fathers, in German biblical criticism of the eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries, and most recently in the latter part of the twentieth century, the study of rhetoric has been seen as an important background
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Rhetorical Patterns
Rhetorical PatternsThe adjective rhetorical denotes two distinct features of a discourse. It means either the persuasive strategy by which a written or oral discourse influences an audience or a set of conventional motifs or formulas that appear in a body of discourse. This article is concerned with
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Rhetoric
RHETORIC Art of communicating persuasively and memorably. Scriptural authors employed various rhetorical devices to communicate effectively. Understanding these methods of expression enables students of the Bible to understand their messages more clearly and to share them more effectively with others.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Rhetorical Criticism
rhetorical criticism. Also rhetorical analysis. Although this label can be used broadly of any interpretation based on literary theory, it is specifically applied to the study of texts from the perspective of classical oratory and rhetoric (the art of effective and persuasive communication). The development
Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions
Rhetoric
RhetoricTraining in writing and delivering public addresses and, later, in analyzing the speeches and writings of others is called rhetoric. This discipline originated in the Greek city-states and became the principal form of higher education throughout the ancient world, especially as mediated to the
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
Rhetorical Criticism
RHETORICAL CRITICISMRhetorical criticism is a method of interpretation that focuses upon the *literary and persuasive characteristics of the biblical text. It seeks to understand the message of prophetic texts, focusing on elements including structure, organization and persuasive techniques. It is also