Philippians 4 : 1-9 from a rhetorical perspective

Show simple item record Snyman, A.H. (Andreas Hartman), 1943- 2008-08-25T06:35:31Z 2008-08-25T06:35:31Z 2007
dc.description.abstract The aim of this article is to analyse Philippians 4:1-9 from a rhetorical perspective that differs from the typical approach of researchers, who tend to force ancient rhetorical categories on the letter. Using a text-centred approach, it is argued that the dominant rhetorical strategy in this section could be described as: "Urging the Philippians to live the gospel". The section is divided into three phases, namely 4:1 (commanding the Philippians to stand firm for the sake of the gospel); 4:2-3 (calling on certain individuals to be united in their work for the gospel); and 4:1-9 (commanding the Philippians to practise certain key characteristics of the Christian life). The section and its phases are demarcated by rhetorical considerations. In analysing the rhetorical strategies and techniques in 4:1-9 the focus is on the way Paul argues, on the type of arguments he uses and on the rhetorical techniques that could enhance the impact of his communication. All these strategies and techniques serve to persuade the Philippians to live the gospel, in response to a situation where they were experiencing serious problems and were tempted to abandon their struggle. en
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dc.identifier.citation Snyman, AH 2007, 'Philippians 4: 1-9 from a rhetorical perspective', Verbum et Ecclesia, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 224-243. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982
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dc.publisher Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.rights Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.subject Philippians -- Rhetorical criticism en
dc.subject.lcsh Rhetorical criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Bible -- N.T. -- Philippians IV, 1-9 -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
dc.title Philippians 4 : 1-9 from a rhetorical perspective en
dc.type Article en

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