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This is a book about the use of classical rhetoric in reading Paul. It begins with a useful review of the various strategies. In the light of the issues that emerge, it describes a rhetorical method which is then tested on 2 Corinthians 8–9. Here, the advice of the classical rhetorical manuals for constructing a text is used—in reverse order—so as to uncover the persuasive strategy being used by Paul in this case. This technique leads to a quite new reading of the two chapters, which O’Mahony then proceeds to test against the standard work in the field by Hans Dieter Betz.

Kieran J. O’Mahony is Lecturer in New Testament at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin.