Phyllis Trible examines rhetorical criticism as a discipline within biblical studies. In part one of Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah, she surveys the historical antecedents of the method from ancient times to the postmodern era: classical rhetoric, literary critical theory, literary study of the Bible, and form criticism. Trible then presents samples of rhetorical analysis as the art of composition and as the art of persuasion.
In part two, formulated guidelines are applied to a detailed study of the book of Jonah. A close reading with respect to structure, syntax, style, and substance elicits a host of meanings embedded in text, enabling the relationship between artistry and theology to emerge with clarity.
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This book was written on several levels and will engage a range of readers to their benefit. I refrain from comment [on the contents] lest I spoil the surprise—and delight—for the reader. Suffice it to say that the book itself is an example of rhetoric.
—Gene M. Tucker, associate professor of Old Testament, Emory University