Vernon K. Robbins

Sociorhetorical Interpretation

Emory Studies in Early Christianity

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity

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Vernon K. Robbins (relvkr@emory.edu)
Publications 1973—2017

2017

  • The Art of Visual Exegesis: Rhetoric, Texts, Images. With Walter S. Melion and Roy R. Jeal. Emory Studies in Early Christianity 19. Atlanta: SBL Press.

2016

  • Foundations for Sociorhetorical Exploration: A Rhetoric of Religious Antiquities Reader. With Robert H. von Thaden, Jr. and Bart B. Bruehler. Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity 4. Atlanta: SBL Press.
  • “The Historical Method and the New Testament,” in Religion: Social Religion, ed. William B. Parsons (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2016), 333-360.

2015

  • Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature. With Jonathan M. Potter. Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement. Atlanta: SBL Press.
  • “Priestly Discourse in Luke and Acts,” in Vernon K. Robbins and Jonathan Potter (eds.), Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015) 13-40.
  • “From Prophetic Hymns to Death at the Altar: Luke 1–2 and Protevangelium of James,” with Michael K. W. Suh, in Vernon K. Robbins and Jonathan Potter (eds.), Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015) 129-177.  
  • “Response to L. Gregory Bloomquist, “From the Social Sciences to Rhetography,” in Troy Martin (ed.), Genealogies of New Testament Rhetorical Criticism (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015) 225-44.

2014

2013

  • Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • “Socio-Rhetorical Criticism,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) 311-18.
  • "Questions and Answers in Gospel of Thomas," in Marie-Pierre Bussières (ed.), La litterature des questions et réponses dans l’Antiquité profane et chrétienne: de l’enseignement à l’exégèse (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013) 3-36.

2012

2010

  • Sea Voyages and Beyond: Emerging Strategies in Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation. Emory Studies in Early Christianity 14. Dorset, UK: Deo Publishing.
  • "Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation," in David E. Aune (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) 192-219.

2009

2008

  • “Rhetography: A New Way of Seeing the Familiar Text,” in Duane F. Watson and C. Clifton Black (eds.), Words Well Spoken: George Kennedy’s Rhetoric of the New Testament (Studies in Rhetoric and Religion 8; Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2008) 81-106. See pp. 329–64 in Foundations.
  • Patterns of Persuasion in the Gospels. With Burton L. Mack. Salem, OR: Wipf & Stock.

2007

  • “Conceptual Blending and Early Christian Imagination, in Petri Luomanen, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, and Risto Uro (eds.), Explaining Christian Origins and Early Judaism: Contributions from Cognitive and Social Science (Biblical Interpretation Series 89; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2007) 161-95. See pp. 329–64 in Foundations.
  • "Using Bakhtin's Lexicon Dialogicae to Interpret Canon, Apocalyptic, New Testament, and Toni Morrison," in Roland Boer (ed.), Bakhtin and Genre Theory in Biblical Studies (Semeia Studies 63; Atlanta: SBL, 2007) 187-203.

2006

  • Oral Performance in Q: Epistemology, Political Conflict, and Contextual Register,” in Richard Horsley (ed.), Oral Performance, Popular Tradition, and Hidden Transcript in Q (Semeia Studies 60; Atlanta: SBL, 2006) 109-122.
  • Interfaces of Orality and Literature in the Gospel of Mark,” in Richard A. Horsley, Jonathan A. Draper, John Miles Foley (eds.), Performing the Gospel: Orality, Memory, and Mark (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006) 125-46.
  • Enthymeme and Picture in the Gospel of Thomas," in Jon Ma. Asgeirsson, April D. DeConick, and Risto Uro (eds.), Thomasine Traditions in Antiquity: The Social and Cultural World of the Gospel of Thomas (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 59; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2006) 175-207.

2005

  • Lukan and Johannine Tradition in the Qur'an: A Story of Auslegungsgeschichte and Wirkungsgeschichte," in Todd Penner and Caroline Vander Stichele (eds.), Moving Beyond New Testament Theology? Essays in Conversation with Heikki Räisänen (Publications of the Finnish Exegetical Society 88; Helsinki: Finnish Exegetical Society and Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005) 336-68.
  • "From Heidelberg to Heidelberg: Rhetorical Interpretation of the Bible at the Seven 'Pepperdine' Conferences from 1992-2003," in Anders Eriksson and T. H. Olbricht (eds.), Rhetoric, Ethics, and Moral Persuasion in Biblical Discourse (New York/London: T & T Clark, 2005) 335-77.
  • "The Rhetorical Full-Turn in Biblical Interpretation and Its Relevance for Feminist Hermeneutics." In Her Master's Tools? Feminist and Postcolonial Engagements of Historical-Critical Discourse, Caroline Vander Stichele and Todd Penner, eds. Global Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship 9; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature and Leiden: Brill, 2005: 109-127.
  • "Bodies and Politics in Luke 1-2 and Sirach 44-50: Men, Women, and Boys," Scriptura 90 (2005) 724-838.

2004

2003

2002

  • "The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the Gospel of Mark." In The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the New Testament. D. F. Watson, ed. SBL Symposium Series 14. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002: 11-44.
  • "Argumentative Textures in Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation." In Argumentation in Biblical Texts: Essays from the 2000 Lund Conference. A. Eriksson, T. H. Olbricht, and W. Übelacker, eds. Emory Studies in Early Christianity. Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2002: 27-65.
  • "A Comparison of Mishnah Gittin 1:1-2:2 and James 2:1-13 from a Perspective of Greco-Roman Rhetorical Elaboration." In Jack N. Lightstone, Mishnah and the Social Formation of the Early Rabbinic Guild: A Socio-Rhetorical Approach. Studies in Christianity and Judaism 11. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press for the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, 2002: 201-216.
  • "The Rhetorical Full-Turn in Biblical Interpretation: Reconfiguring Rhetorical-Political Analysis." In Rhetorical Criticism and the Bible: Essays from the 1998 Florence Conference. S. E. Porter and T. H. Olbricht, eds. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series. Sheffield Academic Press, 2002: 48-60.

2001

1999

1998

  • Recruitment, Conquest, and Conflict: Strategies in Judaism, Early Christianity, and the Greco-Roman World. With Peder Borgen and David B. Gowler. Emory Studies in Early Christianity 6. Trinity Press International.
  • "Enthymemic Texture in the Gospel of Thomas." In 1998 Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998: 343-366.
  • "From Enthymeme to Theology in Luke 11:1-13." In Literary Studies in Luke-Acts: A Collection of Essays in Honor of Joseph B. Tyson. R. P. Thompson and T. E. Phillips, eds. Macon, GA: Mercer Univ. Press, 1998: 191-214.
  • "Socio-Rhetorical Hermeneutics and Commentary." In EPI TO AYTO. Essays in honour of Petr Pokorny. J. Mrazek, R. Dvorakova, and S. Brodsky, eds. Praha-Trebenice, Czech Republic: Mlyn, 1998: 284-297.
  • "Response" and "Dialogue between Vernon Robbins and Reviews," Journal for the Study of the New Testament 70 (1998) 101-115. A response to reviews in "Vernon Robbins's Socio-Rhetorical Criticism: A Review," JSNT 70 (1998) 69-100.

1997

1996

1995

  • "Foreword." In John G. Cook, The Structure and Persuasive Power of Mark: A Linguistic Approach. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995: xiii-xvii.
  • "Social-Scientific Criticism and Literary Studies: Prospects for Cooperation in Biblical Interpretation", in Modelling Early Christianity: Social-Scientific Studies of the New Testament in Its Context. P. F. Esler, ed. London: Routledge, 1995: 274-289.
  • "Divine Dialogue and the Lord's Prayer: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of Sacred Texts." Dialogue 28 (1995) 117-146.

1994

1993

  • The Rhetoric of Pronouncement. Semeia 64. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
  • "Rhetoric and Culture: Exploring Types of Cultural Rhetoric in a Text." In Rhetoric and the New Testament: Essays from the 1992 Heidelberg Conference. S. E. Porter and T. H. Olbricht, eds. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993: 443-463.
  • "Progymnastic Rhetorical Composition and Pre-Gospel Traditions: A New Approach." In The Synoptic Gospels: Source Criticism and the New Literary Criticism. C. Focant, ed. BETL 110. Leuven: Leuven Univ. Press, 1993: 111-147.
  • "Biblical Sources for Pronouncement Stories in the Gospels." (With Miriam Dean-Otting). Semeia 64 (1993) 95-115.
  • "Paradigms in Homer, Pindar, the Tragedians, and the New Testament." (With Øivind Andersen). Semeia 64 (1993) 3-31.
  • "Introduction: Using Rhetorical Discussions of the Chreia to Interpret Pronouncement Stories." Semeia 64 (1993) vii-xvii.

1992

  • Jesus the Teacher: A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of Mark. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.
  • "A Socio-Rhetorical Look at the Work of John Knox on Luke-Acts." In Cadbury, Knox, and Talbert: American Contributions to the Study of Acts. M. C. Parsons and J. B. Tyson, eds. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992: 91-105.
  • "The Reversed Contextualization of Psalm 22 in the Markan Crucifixion: A Socio-Rhetorical Analysis." In The Four Gospels 1992. Festschrift Frans Neirynck, Vol. 2. F. van Segbroeck, C. M. Tuckett, G. Van Belle, J. Verheyden, eds. BETL 100. Leuven: Leuven Univ. Press, 1992: 1161-1183.
  • "Apophthegm." In The Anchor Bible Dictionary. D. N. Freedman, ed. New York: Doubleday, 1992: 1:307-309.
  • "Form Criticism: New Testament." In The Anchor Bible Dictionary. D. N. Freedman, ed. New York: Doubleday, 1992: 2:841-844.
  • "Using a Socio-Rhetorical Poetics to Develop a Unified Method: The Woman who Anointed Jesus as a Test Case." In 1992 SBL Seminar Papers. E. H. Lovering, Jr. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992: 302-319.
  • "A Male Reads a Feminist Reading: The Dialogical Nature of Pippin's Power." Semeia 59 (1992) 211-217.

1991

1990

1989

1988

  • "Pronouncement Stories from a Rhetorical Perspective." Forum 4.2 (1988) 3-32.
  • "The Crucifixion and the Speech of Jesus." Forum 4.1 (1988) 33-46.
  • "The Chreia." In Greco-Roman Literature and the New Testament. D. E. Aune, ed. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988: 1-23.

1987

1985

1984

  • "A Rhetorical Typology for Classifying and Analyzing Pronouncement Stories." In Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. K. H. Richards, ed. Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press, 1984: 93-122.

1983

  • "Pronouncement Stories and Jesus' Blessing of the Children: A Rhetorical Approach." Semeia 29 (1983) 43-74. [Originally published in: Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. K. H. Richards, ed. Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press, 1982: 407-430. Responses added in republication.]

1982

  • "Mark I.14-20: An Interpretation at the Intersection of Jewish and Graeco-Roman Traditions." New Testament Studies 28 (1982) 220-236.
  • "Pronouncement Stories and Jesus' Blessing of the Children: A Rhetorical Approach." In Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. K. H. Richards, ed. Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press, 1982: 407-430.

1981

  • "Laudation Stories in the Gospel of Luke and Plutarch's Alexander." In Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. K. H. Richards, ed. Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press, 1981: 293-308.
  • "Classifying Pronouncement Stories in Plutarch's Parallel Lives." Semeia 20 (1981) 29-52.
  • "Summons and Outline in Mark: The Three-Step Progression." Novum Testamentum 23 (1981) 97-114.

1980

  • "Rhetoric and Biblical Criticism." (With John H. Patton) Quarterly Journal of Speech 66 (1980) 327-337.
  • "Mark as Genre." In Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. P. J. Achtemeier, ed. Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press, 1980: 371-399.

1979

  • "Prefaces in Greco-Roman Biography and Luke-Acts." Perspectives in Religious Studies 6 (1979) 94-108. [Originally published in: Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. P. J. Achtemeier, ed. Missoula, Mont.: Scholars Press, 1978: 2:193-207.]

1978

  • "Structuralism in Biblical Interpretation and Theology." The Thomist 42 (1978) 349-372.
  • "Pronouncement Stories in Plutarch's Lives of Alexander and Julius Caesar." In Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. P. J. Achtemeier, ed. Missoula, Mont.: Scholars Press, 1978: 2:21-38.
  • "By Land and By Sea: The We-Passages and Ancient Sea Voyages." In Perspectives on Luke-Acts. C. H. Talbert, ed. Perspectives in Religious Studies, Special Studies Series, No. 5. Macon, Ga: Mercer Univ. Press and Edinburgh: T.& T. Clark, 1978: 215-242. [This article combines "The We-Passages in Acts and Ancient Sea Voyages" (1975) with "By Land and By Sea: A Study in Acts 13-28." In Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers. Missoula, Mont.: Scholars Press, 1976: 381-396.]

1976

1975

  • "The We-Passages in Acts and Ancient Sea Voyages." Biblical Research 20 (1975) 5-18.

1973