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Defining Paraenesis II: Towards A Functional Understanding Of Paraenesis

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Over the past century there have been significant developments in the construction of what has become known as paraenesis. Gammie's theoretical perspective on genre analysis highlights three aspects of genre. First, genre is a constructed, analytical device. Second, the genre constructed must be flexible enough to allow variation. Third, to analyze a given text within the confines of a particular genre. The distinction of paraenesis and protrepsis should be seen as subsets or emphases for the social application of paraenetic discourse to differing audiences. Largely indebted to, Dibelius and, more recently, Malherbe, the study of paraenesis has been a study of genre.

Keywords: Genre analysis; Lund-Oslo; Paraenesis



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