Vernon K. Robbins

Sociorhetorical Interpretation

Emory Studies in Early Christianity

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Mark D. Given
Paul's True Rhetoric: Ambiguity, Cunning, and Deception in Greece and Rome

This is a provocative and important book. Given argues that Paul owes much to the rhetorical traditions of Greece and Rome, something of which Pauline scholars are well aware. Given, however, goes a step further. Paul draws on the Sophistic tradition, as well. Paul's 'true rhetoric' is not mere pronouncement, but in order to score points, Paul makes use of ambiguity, cunning, and deception, prominent features of sophistic argumentation. Readers will be well compensated by following Given's new and provocative readings of selected Pauline passages. — Charles W. Hedrick, Southwest Missouri State University

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