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
Novum Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera