Consolation in Philippians: Philosophical Sources and Rhetorical Strategy

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 2001 - Religion - 208 pages
Rhetorical criticism seeks to understand and comment on the way texts function in their social and cultural contexts. Holloway puts Paul's letter in the context of ancient theories and literary practices of 'consolation' and argues that Paul wrote to the Philippians in order to console them. Holloway shows that the letter has a unified overall strategy and provides a convincing account of Paul's argument. The book falls into two parts. Part I explores the integrity of Philippians, the rhetorical situation of the letter, and ancient consolation as the possible genre of Philippians, while Part II examines Phil. 1:3-11; 1:12-2:30; 3:1-4:1 and 4:2-23. The exegetical studies in Part II focus on the consolatory topoi and arguments of Philippians.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Part I LITERARY AND RHETORICAL CONTEXTS
5
Part II CONSOLATION IN PHILIPPIANS
85
BIBLIOGRAPHY
165
INDEX OF MODERN AUTHORS
188
INDEX OF PASSAGES CITED
192
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Paul A. Holloway is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Samford University. He has published in Harvard Theological Review, Novum Testamentum, and the Journal of Biblical Literature.

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