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New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism$
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George A. Kennedy

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780807841204

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469616254_Kennedy

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. Epideictic Rhetoric: John 13–17

. Epideictic Rhetoric: John 13–17

(p.73) Chapter Three. Epideictic Rhetoric: John 13–17
New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism

George A. Kennedy

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores epideictic rhetoric which is defined as a speech or writing commonly referred to as oratory of praises or blames. Also known as ceremonial discourse, epideictic rhetoric includes birthday speeches, wedding speeches, funeral orations, obituaries, graduation and retirement speeches, letters of recommendation, and nominating speeches at political conventions. Interpreted more broadly, epideictic rhetoric may also include works of literature. The chapter states that there are a number of passages in the New Testament which seem primarily epideictic. Furthermore, the chapter focuses on redaction criticism and various other important forms of epideictic rhetoric studies in biblical texts.

Keywords:   epideictic rhetoric, ceremonial discourse, New Testament, redaction criticism, biblical texts, oratory

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