Judges: A Critical & Rhetorical Commentary

Richard D. Nelson

Judges: A Critical & Rhetorical Commentary
Judges: A Critical & Rhetorical Commentary

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What role did classical rhetoric play in the writing of the New Testament? What role does classical and modern rhetoric play in interpreting the New Testament today? What role should classical and modern rhetoric play in New Testament interpretation? These and related questions are asked in this collection of over twenty essays originally delivered as papers at the 1992 Heidelberg Conference on Rhetorical Criticism of Biblical Documents. This conference, the first of several scheduled to address fundamental rhetorical issues of increasing importance in New Testament study, drew scholars from three continents and over fourteen countries, making it a truly international scholarly event and this a truly cosmopolitan publication. The authors' varying contexts resulted in a lively and challenging discussion well reflected in this volume's essays. The first part discusses rhetoric in the light of extended interpretation of a variety of New Testament texts. Luke and Acts, most of Paul's letters, and other New Testament documents are scrutinized using various rhetorical categories. In the second part, questions of rhetoric and methodology are raised. New approaches are tested in a number of essays that push the boundaries of traditional rhetorical study. These essays provide an excellent sampling of some of the major work being done in rhetorical study of the New Testament and suggest several avenues for future research.
  • Contents The book of Judges is part of the world's literary and cultural canon, and as such it provides insights about political leadership, gender relationships, power disparities, personal strengths and weakness, as well as social and political ethics. In addition, for many Jewish and Christian scholars, Judges is a canonical, scriptural text. This new commentary on Judges considers all these issues, adopting two key approaches: rhetorical criticism and historical criticism.

    As a rhetorical commentary, the volume pays attention to the factors in the text that are being marshalled to influence the reader. Attention is paid to what the text does, and how it works when it is read closely. This element of the commentary encompasses lexical and grammatical issues, organizing arrangements and patterns, the intentions of various literary genres, along with narrative plot and structure. As a critical commentary, the volume deals with the history of the text's formation and transmission. It establishes the earliest recoverable text of Judges as a way of getting as close as possible to the producers of the text and its early audiences. It provides a well-argued description of how Judges was brought together as a coherent document from earlier oral and written sources and how it was later modified and supplemented.

    Together these aspects enable Nelson to provide a bold new commentary on Judges that is broad in scope and pays close attention to every detail of the text.

    • Table of contents
    • List of Abbreviations
    • Introduction
    • Judges 1
    • Judges 2
    • The Cyclical Framework
    • Judges 3
    • Judges 4
    • Judges 4 and the Song of Deborah
    • Judges 5
    • Judges 6
    • Judges 7
    • Judges 8
    • Judges 9
    • Judges 10
    • Judges 11
    • Judges 12
    • Judges 13
    • Judges 14
    • Judges 15
    • Judges 16
    • Judges 17
    • Judges 18
    • Judges 19
    • Judges 20
    • Judges 21
    • Judges 17–21 as Epilogue
  • Index of References
  • Index of Authors


Pages: 335
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2017
ISBN-10: 056767309X
ISBN-13: 9780567673091

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