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Ancient rhetoric and Paul's apology: the compositional unity of 2 Corinthians

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ancient rhetoric, Ancient Rhetoric & Paul's Apology: The Compositional Unity of 2 Corinthians (Book), Long, Frederick J.

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It is always gratifying to see New Testament literature dealt with as a species of Graeco-Roman literature rather than as an idiosyncratic phenomenon in the Greek culture of the Roman Empire. Long's insightful book is a fine example of such a treatment. The purpose of his work is to argue the integrity of 2 Corinthians by reading it as an example of a forensic apologetic epistle. The perceived discontinuities, which have provided fodder for those exegetes who see 2 Corinthians as a composite of a number of different letters, are understood as deliberate breaks separating the distinct elements found in Greek and Latin oratorical theory and practice. Altogether, Long's monograph is thorough—perhaps excessively so—and convincing.

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Garstad, Benjamin, review of Ancient rhetoric and Paul’s apology: the compositional unity of 2 Corinthians by Frederick J. Long. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 131. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Classical Bulletin, 82.1 (2006): 153-4.



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