By Karl Moller
An research of the literary constitution and rhetorical problem that brought on the construction of the ebook of Amos. Moller argues that the booklet captures and provides the controversy among Amos and his 8th-century viewers. while learn within the mild of Israel's fall, the presentation of Amos suffering (and failing) to persuade his contemporaries of the approaching divine punishment features as a robust caution to next Judean readers.
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M. Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (ed. M. Holquist; trans. C. Holquist and M. Holquist; University of Texas Press Slavic Series, 1; Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981), p. 267. 99. , for instance, Trible, Rhetorical Criticism, pp. 32, 41. 100. The development of these two foci has historical reasons, which cannot be dealt with in this context. However, useful accounts of the historical development of rhetoric can be found, for instance, in Kennedy's works (cf. A. D. 300 [Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972]; idem, Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian and Secular Tradition from Ancient to Modern Times [Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980]; idem, Greek Rhetoric under Christian Emperors [Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983]; and idem, A New History of Classical Rhetoric: An Extensive Revision and Abridgment o/The Art of Persuasion in Greece, The Art of Rhetoric in the Roman World and Greek Rhetoric under Christian Emperors with Additional Discussion of Late Latin Rhetoric [Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994]).
67-91; Melugin, 'Muilenburg'; P. Trible, God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality (London: SCM Press, 1992); and idem, Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah (GBS; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1994), who share Muilenburg's concerns to varying degrees. 91. In New Testament Studies, Kennedy's influence effected a different development, which led scholars to take the text's suasive dimension into account much earlier than their Old Testament colleagues. 92. Wuellner, 'Rhetorical Criticism', p.
Readers should bear in mind, however, that in the present study the 'art of persuasion' is understood as being occasioned by and directed at a specific rhetorical situation. 105. Bitzer, 'Rhetorical Situation', p. 251 (my italics). 106. Bitzer, 'Rhetorical Situation', p. 250. 107 However, in addition to the modification of this rather general view made in the previous paragraph, it needs to be stressed that I am not concerned here with the prophets' original speeches. 108 Having said that, however, the question arises as to whether the notion of rhetoric as a reaction to a specific historical exigency can be applied to books, which, after all, are rather different in nature from public speeches.
(A) Prophet in Debate: The Rhetoric of Persuasion in the Book of Amos (JSOT Supplement Series) by Karl Moller