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Retoriese kritiek en die interpretasie van die Ou Testament

H.J.M. van Deventer
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 33, No 4 | a638 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v33i4.638 | © 1999 H.J.M. van Deventer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 August 1999 | Published: 17 August 1999

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H.J.M. van Deventer, Vakgroep Teologie, Skool vir Basiese Wetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, Vaaldriehoekkampus, South Africa

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Rhetorical criticism and the interpretation of the Old Testament

Modern history of Biblical interpretation presents us with two basic approaches to the text of the Bible, viz. historical and literary approaches. This article proposes rhetorical criticism as a process of interpretation that analyses both the historical and literary features of a text. After a short overview of the modern use of the term, especially within the field of Biblical interpretation, this article investigates various “forms” of rhetorical criticism as proposed by scholars working in the fields of general literary theory, a well as Biblical (Old and New Testament) interpretation. The article concludes by proposing a form of rhetorical criticism for interpreting texts from the Old Testament.


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