Vernon K. Robbins

Sociorhetorical Interpretation

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Dictionary of Socio-Rhetorical Terms

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benefactor: See patron.

body zones: In the thought world of Mediterranean culture, where interaction between people is described metaphorically using parts of the human person as metaphors, the body zones represent the three major modes of interaction: the zone of emotion-fused thought, the zone of self-expressive speech, and the zone of purposeful action. Each of these zones have corresponding body parts which are metaphorically said to carry out these modes of interaction. See also sensory-aesthetic texture.

boundaries: Boundaries are markers which separate one thing from another. In Mediterranean culture, there were boundaries between classes, cultures, the holy and the profane, the clean and unclean, etc. which served to preserve the distinction between these groups.

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Definitions based upon Vernon K. Robbins, Exploring the Texture of Texts, Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1996 and Vernon K. Robbins, The Tapestry of Early Christianity: Rhetoric, Society, and Ideology, London and New York: Routledge, 1996.