This volume explores the use of rhetoric in the study of biblical literature. The contributors are scholars from North America, Britain, Continental Europe and South Africa who focus on four major categories: the theory of rhetorical criticism, rhetorical criticism of the Old Testament, rhetorical criticism of the Gospels, and rhetorical criticism of the Pauline letters. The chapters here are the compilation of papers presented at the 1998 Florence Conference and reflect the myriad of ways the term rhetoric is used, understood and applied.
Stanley E. Porter has taught for over twenty years in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the USA, and the UK. His publications include fourteen authored books and over 100 authored journal articles and chapters, along with various shorter pieces; he has also edited over 55 volumes. He remains a well-known and respected expert in Greek and the broader field of New Testament studies. He is currently the President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.
Dennis Stamps is Ministerial Development Office for St Albans Diocese and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban. Recently he was appointed Visiting Fellow in N.T. and Ancient Rhetoric at the University of Chichester. He frequently lectures in New Testament studies and in many other areas of theology and ministry. He has edited several books and written numerous articles on rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. Previously he taught at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham and worked in parish ministry.