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Hellenistic OratoryContinuity and Change$
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Christos Kremmydas and Kathryn Tempest

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654314.001.0001

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Hellenistic Oratory and Paul of Tarsus

Hellenistic Oratory and Paul of Tarsus

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Hellenistic Oratory

Stanley E. Porter

Oxford University Press

This chapter first evaluates the older and current trends in New Testament rhetorical criticism before examining how the Hellenistic rhetorical culture of Greece and Rome influenced one of the most famous apologists of the new Christian faith, Paul of Tarsus. Paul's letters reveal elements of rhetorical form and argumentation, and have consequently attracted great scholarly attention. Yet it is his orations which can be studied more profitably from a rhetorical perspective: Paul's speeches demonstrate an awareness of conventions, forms, structures, and arguments according to the rhetorical situation they are addressing. Furthermore, in this analysis of the speeches in Acts, the chapter traces a number of continuities between past models of rhetoric, as well as charting how those models changed in line with the need for a new audience.

Keywords:   paul, tarsus, new testament, book of acts, new rhetoric, epistolography, paulinism, speeches of paul

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