By Fredrick J. Long
Pauline scholarship has ordinarily interpreted 2 Corinthians as a later editorial composite of numerous letters. Fredrick lengthy situates the textual content inside of Classical literary and rhetorical conventions and argues for its team spirit dependent upon a number of parallels with old apology within the culture of Andocides, Socrates, Isocrates and Demosthenes. He presents a accomplished survey and rigorous style research of old forensic discourse in aid of his claims, and demonstrates how the unified message of Paul's letter should be recovered.
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As Clark (1957, pp. ” This is not to say that the other branches of oratory disappeared or were not treated in handbooks. We have Philodemus’ treatise on rhetoric (first century BC) espousing epideictic rhetoric. Eventually epideictic did supplant forensic as the dominant mode; but forensic rhetoric was flourishing still in the first century AD. Furthermore, theoretical developments in rhetoric were primarily related to forensic oratory (see Arist. Rhet. 11), most notably the parts of the speech and stasis theory.
Opt. ), Orator ad M. Brutum (Cic. Or. ), Partitiones Oratoriae (Cic. Part. ), and Topica (Cic. ); the unknown author of Rhetorica ad Herennium (Rhet. ); and Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria (Quint. ). Forensic speeches Thousands of speeches circulated in some form during antiquity. However, only a fraction have survived (for an extensive listing, dating, and classification of extant speeches see Ober, 1989, pp. 341–49). , Demades’ On the Twelve Years). , many of Hyperides’). The genre of forensic rhetoric 19 Interestingly, there are only four sets of accusation and defense speeches for the same case: three involve actual cases (Dem.
Elench. 183b23, 36 and Cic. Brut. 46–48). The extant theoretical works, rhetorical handbooks, and exercises treating forensic rhetoric used in this study include the following: Greek: Plato’s Phaedrus (Pl. ); Aristotle’s Rhetorica (Arist. ) and Topica (Arist. ); Anaximenes’ Rhetorica ad Alexandrum (Anax. Rhet. ); Hermagoras’ De Inventione (Hermag. ); Roman: Cicero’s Brutus (Cic. ), De oratore (Cic. ), De Inventione Rhetorica (Cic. ), De Optimo Genere Oratorum (Cic. Opt. ), Orator ad M. Brutum (Cic.
Ancient Rhetoric and Paul's Apology: The Compositional Unity of 2 Corinthians (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series) by Fredrick J. Long