Rhetoric of Response
A Classical Rhetorical Reading of Hebrews 10:32-12:13
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
"The Rhetoric of Response" is an interpretation of Hebrews from the perspective of classical rhetorical compositional theory. It argues that this unit in Hebrews is deliberative rhetoric advancing a set of four responses to a significant problem facing the community to who Hebrews is addressed, a group of late first century CE Roman Christians. The responses - which ultimately aim to inspire members to continue in the faith of the community and to accept and weather sufferings occasioned by their faith - are accommodated by the following rhetorical structure, which conforms to the standard classical forensic/deliberative speech outline: Exordium (10:32-34); Confirmation (11:1-40); and Conclusion (12:1-13).