Focusing on Paul: Persuasion and Theological Design in Romans and Galatians
Du Toit, Andrie
Breytenbach, Cilliers and David S. Du Toit, editors
Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007 pp. xiv + 443. $157.00
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fŁr die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der šlteren Kirche, 151
Description: In the early 1970ís, due to serious epistemological flaws, the demise of traditional New Testament research paradigms became imminent. A new generation of scholars started the search for a fresh approach, based on scientifically sound principles. Working within the stimulating atmosphere of the New Testament Society of South Africa, the author was one of the pioneers in developing a new, multi-dimensional research approach for New Testament studies. The articles in the present volume, written over a period of 25 years, reflect part of this journey, as viewed from a Pauline perspective. Combining the positive aspects of the traditional biblical research paradigms with the important insights of modern linguistics, literary science, semantics and pragmatics, particularly rhetoric, the author investigates the convergence of various influences in Paulís pre-christian career. He proposes new possibilities of understanding Paulís language and style, such as hyperbolical contrasts, typical of his Semitic background. Various aspects of his strategies of persuasion are investigated, such as creating an ethos, vilification, alienation and re-identification. The majority of articles concentrate on central elements in Pauline theology: belief in the resurrection of Jesus, the centrality of grace, the in Christ and related formulae, faith and obedience, justification in Romans, Christian identity, ethics and ethos, as portrayed in Romans.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Galatians, Literature
Review by Sheila E. McGinn
Citation: Sheila E. McGinn, review of Andrie Du Toit; Cilliers Breytenbach and David S. Du Toit, eds., Focusing on Paul: Persuasion and Theological Design in Romans and Galatians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).
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