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Rhetorical criticism and the hermeneutics of the New Testament

E.M. Cornelius
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 34, No 2 | a596 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v34i2.596 | © 1970 E.M. Cornelius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2000 | Published:

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E.M. Cornelius, School for Biblical Sciences & Bible Languages, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa

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It is argued that rhetorical criticism is increasingly recognized as a method of interpretation of biblical literature. From the discussion in this article it becomes clear that there are different perspectives of rhetorical criticism just as there are different theories of rhetoric. It is argued that contemporary critics need to develop an interdisciplinary method of rhetorical criticism in order to answer questions about the potential effectiveness of a rhetorical act. It is concluded that the rhetorical critic needs a combination of "old" methods in order to answer new questions.


Hermeneutics Of The New Testament; Rhetoric; Rhetorical Criticism


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