Category Archives: Rhetoric

Narrative Rhetoric of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

I was recently re-reading some old comments on my post about rhetoric in Galatians and noticed that Richard Adams had mentioned he was writing his dissertation on that topic. A quick Google search confirmed that he finished it and graduated in 2012. What’s more it is available online from Emory. Here is the citation:

Adams, Richard Manly. “The Israel of God”: The Narrative Rhetoric of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. PhD; Emory, 2012.

Dr. Adams is now a librarian at his alma mater so congratulations to him on his new job as well.

David Urban on Rhetoric in Galatians

The inaugural issue of SEE-JNTS has an article on Galatians by David Urban. It is beginning to look like there is a trend for journals to include an article on Galatians in their initial issue. Let’s hope it continues while maintaining a high standard of scholarship on our favourite epistle!

David V. Urban, “The Rhetoric of Rebuke and Community-Shaping in Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians: An Aristotelian Analysis, with Jeremiah as an Alternative Interpretive Rubric.” Scandinavian Evangelical E-Journal for New Testament Studies. 1 (2010): 28-42.

Available online here.

RBL review of Paul’s Argumentation in Galatians

argumentationReview of Biblical Literature has posted a review of Mika Hietanen, Paul’s Argumentation in Galatians: A Pragma-Dialectical Analysis of Galatians 3:1-5:12. (Library of New Testament Studies: European Studies on Christian Origins). London: T&T Clark International, 2007. 0567031276, 9780567031273.

Johan S. Vos reviews this book in three pages and finds it a helpful contribution but criticises Hietanen for not following “the rules for a dialogical discussion” and for not being “more open to the existing alternative views.”

In this book Hietanen criticises the current approaches to rhetorical investigation in Galatians because there was no standard classical rhetorical paradigm. There is no question that biblical scholars have come up with radically varied results when defining Galatians according to rhetorical models. Several years ago I compared the rhetorical divisions and labels of Betz, Brinsmead, Smit, Kennedy, Hester, Hall, Vouga, Mack, Bachmann, Russell, and Witherington. The differences between the various paradigms are quite noticeable. For example, the number of divisions range from four (Kennedy, Hall, Russell) to ten (Hester). Even those who agree on the number of sections do not agree on how to label them. There is no question that there needs to be a reexamination of the role that rhetorical patterns played in Paul’s composition of Galatians but from what Vos says Hietanen’s pragma-dialectical approach does not seem to have created the definitive study on this subject.

Donald Francois Tolmie’s Dissertation online

While looking for some Galatians material I stumbled across Tolmie’s PhD dissertation available online. Tolmie has written a number of articles and essays on Galatians so it was a pleasant surprise to find his dissertation posted for all the world to read.

Donald Francois Tolmie, A Rhetorical Analysis of the Letter to the Galatians. University of the Free State Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2004.

I haven’t verified it but presumably this was then published as

D. Francois Tolmie, Persuading the Galatians: A Text-Centred Rhetorical Analysis of a Pauline Letter. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen Zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 190. J C B Mohr, 2005.
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