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Protreptic, Paraenetic And Augustine's Confessions

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This chapter attempts to illuminate the problems surrounding the termprotreptic and the cognate term paraenetic, because the author believes that an investigation of the current distinction between these two terms can contribute significantly to understanding of exhortative literature. It first presents some general remarks on the use of the terms protreptic and paraenetic in current scholarship, and then makes a number of arguments against the traditional definitions of these terms, based on a re-reading of a number of ancient remarks usually adduced to argue for a dichotomous view of protreptic and paraenetic. This is eventually be supplemented by analyses of a selection of exhortative texts themselves, but in the chapter the focus is only on three instances of ancient theorizing and to a lesser degree on the Augustines Confessions.

Keywords: Augustines Confessions; paraenetic; protreptic



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