A Rhetorical Analysis of Philippians and Its Implications for the Unity Question

A Rhetorical Analysis of Philippians and Its Implications for the Unity Question A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF PHILIPPIANS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITY QUESTION by DUANE F. WATSON Decatur, GA In accordance with the conclusions of Deissmann and others that Paul's letters are not carefully crafted literary works,' it has been said of Philippians that, "The perusal of the Epistle cannot fail to produce the impression of `artlessness,' 2 and "... its `artlessness' is due to the fact that like so many letters... it consists of a 'stream of consciousness' rather than follows a predetermined plan. " How- ever, rhetorical analysis of Philippians reveals quite the opposite to be true. In fact, rhetorical analysis shows that Philippians is care- fully constructed, being organized and written according to the principles of Greco-Roman rhetoric. Rhetorical analysis also pro- vides a new approach to the long debated question of the unity or integrity of Philippians, whether an original unity or a composite of two or three letters. The rhetorical analysis of Philippians will occupy Part 1 of this study, and the implications of rhetorical analysis for the unity question will occupy Part II. PART 1: A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF PHILIPPIANS The following rhetorical analysis will be conducted according to the methodology espoused by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Novum Testamentum Brill

A Rhetorical Analysis of Philippians and Its Implications for the Unity Question

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BRILL
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© 1988 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0048-1009
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1568-5365
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10.1163/156853688X00046
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A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF PHILIPPIANS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITY QUESTION by DUANE F. WATSON Decatur, GA In accordance with the conclusions of Deissmann and others that Paul's letters are not carefully crafted literary works,' it has been said of Philippians that, "The perusal of the Epistle cannot fail to produce the impression of `artlessness,' 2 and "... its `artlessness' is due to the fact that like so many letters... it consists of a 'stream of consciousness' rather than follows a predetermined plan. " How- ever, rhetorical analysis of Philippians reveals quite the opposite to be true. In fact, rhetorical analysis shows that Philippians is care- fully constructed, being organized and written according to the principles of Greco-Roman rhetoric. Rhetorical analysis also pro- vides a new approach to the long debated question of the unity or integrity of Philippians, whether an original unity or a composite of two or three letters. The rhetorical analysis of Philippians will occupy Part 1 of this study, and the implications of rhetorical analysis for the unity question will occupy Part II. PART 1: A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF PHILIPPIANS The following rhetorical analysis will be conducted according to the methodology espoused by

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Novum TestamentumBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1988

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