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Some Rhetorical Techniques In Acts 24:2–21

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Some scholars are currently questioning the value of rhetorical criticism for examining Paul's letters, because letters, though influenced by the same general forms of argument as speeches, were not speeches. This chapter surveys some possible rhetorical techniques that appear in the speeches of Acts 24. It focuses primarily on points where ancient forensic arguments may shed light on Paul's defense and the charges to which he must answer. The chapter addresses the charges against him in Tertullus's speech in 24:2-8. Bruce Winter has plausibly suggested that Luke may have had access to official summaries of the arguments offered in court; historians could employ legal documents as sources when summarizing litigation. Tertullus's charges, and the rhetorical way he argues them, serve the narrative by highlighting the strength of Paul's contrasting case.

Keywords:Acts 24; Bruce Winter; Luke; Paul; rhetorical techniques; Tertullus's charges



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