Vernon K. Robbins

Sociorhetorical Interpretation

Emory Studies in Early Christianity

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Emory Studies in Early Christianity

Volumes in Emory Studies in Early Christianity investigate early Christian literature in the context of Mediterranean literature, religion, society, and culture. The authors use interdisciplinary methods informed by social, rhetorical, literary, and anthropological approaches to move beyond limits within traditional literary-historical investigations. The studies presuppose that Christianity began as a Jewish movement in various geographical, political, economic, and social locations in the Greco-Roman World.

In addition to below, see SBL Press Emory Studies in Early Christianity volumes.

  1. David B. Gowler, Host, Guest, Enemy and Friend: Portraits of the Pharisees in Luke and Acts, 1991.
  2. H. Wayne Merritt, In Word and Deed: Moral Integrity in Paul, 1993.
  3. Vernon K. Robbins, New Boundaries in Old Territory: Form and Social Rhetoric in Mark, 1994. Edited and introduced by David B. Gowler.
  4. Jan Botha, Subject to Whose Authority? Multiple Readings of Romans 13, 1994.
  5. Kjell Arne Morland, The Rhetoric of Galatians: Paul Confronts Another Gospel, 1995.
  6. Peder Borgen, Vernon K. Robbins, and David B. Gowler (eds.), Recruitment, Conquest and Conflict: Strategies in Judaism, Early Christianity, and the Greco-Roman World, 1998.
  7. Mark D. Given, Paul's True Rhetoric: Ambiguity, Cunning and Deception in Greece and Rome, 2001.
  8. Anders Eriksson, Thomas H. Olbricht, and Walter Übelacker (eds.), Rhetorical Argumentation in Biblical Texts: Essays from the Lund 2000 Conference, 2002.
  9. James D. Hester and J. David Hester (Amador) (eds.), Rhetorics and Hermeneutics: Wilhelm Wuellner and His Influence at the Close of the Century, 2004.
  10. Todd C. Penner, In Praise of Origins: Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography, 2004.
  11. Anders Eriksson and Thomas H. Olbricht (eds.), Rhetoric, Ethic, and Moral Persuasion in Biblical Discourse, 2005.
  12. Lynn R. Huber, Like a Bride Adorned: Reading Metaphor in John's Apocalypse, 2007. Available AddAll
  13. Takashi Onuki, Jesus' Time: The Image Network of the Historical Jesus, 2009.
  14. Alicia J. Batten, Friendship and Benefaction in James, 2010. SBL Press.
  15. Vernon K. Robbins, Sea Voyages and Beyond: Emerging Strategies in Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation, 2010. Edited and introduced by David B. Gowler.
  16. Robert H. von Thaden, Jr., Sex, Christ, and Embodied Cognition: Paul's Wisdom for Corinth, 2012. SBL Press.
  17. Thomas Fabisiak, The "Nocturnal Side of Science" in David Friedrich Strauss's Life of Jesus Critically Examined, 2015. SBL Press.
  18. Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay, Lydia as a Rhetorical Construct in Acts, 2016. SBL Press.
  19. Vernon K. Robbins, Walter S. Melion, Roy R. Jeal, The Art of Visual Exegesis: Rhetoric, Texts, Images, 2017. SBL Press.
  20. Andrew Kimseng Tan, The Rhetoric of Abraham's Faith in Romans 4, 2018. SBL Press.

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