By Fredrick J. Long
Pauline scholarship has often interpreted 2 Corinthians as a later editorial composite of numerous letters. Fredrick lengthy situates the textual content inside Classical literary and rhetorical conventions and argues for its solidarity established upon various parallels with historical apology within the culture of Andocides, Socrates, Isocrates and Demosthenes. He offers a finished survey and rigorous style research of historic forensic discourse in aid of his claims, and demonstrates how the unified message of Paul's letter may be recovered.
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Pauline scholarship has commonly interpreted 2 Corinthians as a later editorial composite of a number of letters. Fredrick lengthy situates the textual content inside of Classical literary and rhetorical conventions and argues for its cohesion established upon quite a few parallels with old apology within the culture of Andocides, Socrates, Isocrates and Demosthenes.
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Robbins, 1996b, p. 21). To interpret the text is to investigate these rhetorical features. We cannot know for certain the rhetorical exigency that led to Paul’s decision to write 2 Corinthians as an apology. However, what we have is Paul’s construed exigency as a textual phenomenon that is capable of our careful exploration. Critical for this study is an analysis of Paul’s construed exigency (see Chapter 7) in an attempt to understand the actual rhetorical exigency. After introducing the extant forensic literature in Chapter 2, I conclude by correlating the generic features of forensic discourse in terms of exigency, invention, disposition, and media.
The major branches of oratory formalized and recognized in antiquity include forensic/dicanic/judicial (l»goi dikaniko©), deliberative/demegoric/political (l»goi dhmhgoriko©), and epideictic/ encomiastic/demonstrative (l»goi pideiktiko©). Several significant works exist that specifically treat forensic rhetoric, but they fail to give a comprehensive delimitation of the boundaries of this genre (Volkmann, 1885, pp. 33–293; Kennedy, 1963, pp. 125–52; J. Martin, 1974, pp. 15–166; Lausberg, 1998; Neumeister, 1964; Stroh, 1975; Vitanza, 1993).
Fourth, this latter view is related to the most problematic feature of McCant’s thesis, namely, that all of 2 Corinthians is parodic. I would grant that 2 Cor. 10 contains increasingly parodic features; but I would question its presence in chap. 10 and earlier altogether. What Paul is engaged in is a challenge–response scenario within a culture of honor and shame (Watson, 2002). ) in order to educate them. How irritating! And principally such a parody would be completely unfounded, since according to McCant’s reconstruction there is only “tension” and no specific charges, criticisms, or opponents of Paul (although McCant, p.
Ancient Rhetoric and Paul's Apology: The Compositional Unity of 2 Corinthians (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series) by Fredrick J. Long