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Exploring Second Corinthians: Death and Life, Hardship and Rivalry
Oropeza, B. J.

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016 pp. xli + 872. $99.95

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Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity, 3

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Description: In 2 Corinthians, Paul responds to reports of the Corinthian congregation questioning his competency as a divinely sent messenger. Through apologetic demegoria and the use of graphic imagery related to triumphal processions, siege warfare, and emissary travels and negotiation, Paul defends his constancy, persona, and speaking abilities as he extends the offer of clemency and reconciliation to his auditors. Oropeza combines rhetorical pictures (rhetography) with interpretative layers (literary features, intertextuality, sociocultural, ideological, and sacred textures) to arrive at the rhetorical impact of Paul's message for ancient Mediterranean discourse.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 2 Corinthians, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism, Social-Scientific Approaches, Anthropology

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Review by Elliott C. Maloney, OSB
Published 7/13/2017
Citation: Elliott C. Maloney, OSB, review of B. J. Oropeza, Exploring Second Corinthians: Death and Life, Hardship and Rivalry, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


Review by Adam White
Published 7/13/2017
Citation: Adam White, review of B. J. Oropeza, Exploring Second Corinthians: Death and Life, Hardship and Rivalry, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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