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The Voice of Jesus in the Social Rhetoric of James

The Voice of Jesus in the Social Rhetoric of James


Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: January 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521660693

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  • This programmatic socio-rhetorical investigation approaches the Epistle of James as an instance of written deliberative rhetoric, and it seeks to ascertain the social texture of James 2.5, a rhetorical performance of language that in other contexts is explicitly attributed to Jesus. Utilizing the conventions of Greco-Roman rhetoric, Dr Wachob successively probes the inner texture, the intertexture, the social and cultural texture, and the ideological implications of the rhetoric in James 2.1-13. He analyses James' activation of antecedent texts in the LXX, common conceptions and topics in the broader culture, and also sayings in the Jesus tradition. He concludes that James emanates from the same milieu as the pre-Matthean Sermon on the Mount and shows James 2.5 to be an artful performance of the principal beatitude in that early epitome of Jesus' teachings.

    • Major case study of socio-rhetorical techniques in the New Testament
    • Up-to-date approach, focusing on an important book of the Bible
    • Latest volume (no. 106) in one of our strongest monograph series
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    • Date Published: January 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521660693
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements and note on abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The history of research and the present investigation
    3. The inner texture of James 2:1–13
    4. The intertexture of James 2:1–13
    5. The social and cultural texture of James 2:1–13
    6. Conclusion
    Index of ancient authors
    Index of modern authors
    Index of Old Testament and Apocrypha
    Index of New Testament
    Index of subjects.

  • Author

    Wesley Hiram Wachob, Ashland Place United Methodist Church, Mobile, Alabama

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