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The rhetorical context: Contemporary christian homily

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This chapter explores the rhetorical side of the Roman Christian world, looking at PRK's language in the context of the development of the newly empowered religious language of Christianity. The similarities between contemporary Christian preaching and PRK's rhetoric to be drawn in the chapter imply not just a shared language, but also a shared notion of how to win followers, as both groups use their rhetoric for similar persuasive, expansionist purposes. The era demanded a rhetoric of intimacy and of divine humility and accessibility and so they both created such a rhetoric, each in its own idiom. They both depicted a personal God who had come down to earth to serve His people. These were words that were meant to touch the heart as well as the mind, and meant to provide access to a wide swath of the population, not just the religious elite.

Keywords: divine humility; indulgence; personal God; PRK's rhetoric; Roman Christian world; tannaitic homily



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