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What's in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament
Witherington, Ben

Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2009 pp. viii + 195. $29.95


Description: Written in clear, and at times colorful, prose, Ben Witheringtonís Whatís in the Word explains how the recognition of the oral and socio-rhetorical character of the New Testament and its environment necessitates a change in how the New Testament literature is read. Expanding on the work in which he has been fruitfully engaged for over a quarter century, Witherington challenges the previously assured results of historical criticism and demonstrates chapter by chapter how the socio-rhetorical study shifts the paradigm. Taken together, the chapters in Whatís in the Word coalesce around three of Witheringtonís ongoing academic concerns: orality and rhetoric; New Testament history, including issues of authenticity and canonicity; and the exegesis of given words in their canonical and socio-cultural contexts. Always unpredictable, this book never fails to pique interest and proffer instruction.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature

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Review by Richard L. Rohrbaugh
Published 5/23/2012
Citation: Richard L. Rohrbaugh, review of Ben Witherington III, What's in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Vernon K. Robbins
Published 6/2/2012
Citation: Vernon K. Robbins, review of Ben Witherington, What's in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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