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Figures Of Speech And The Stylistic Virtues Of Clarity And Ornamentation

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This chapter explores how Luke uses figures of speech on the lips of Jesus in order to portray Jesus as an educated and eloquent speaker who fulfills the stylistic virtues of clarity and ornamentation. By portraying the Jesus as one who fulfills these stylistic virtues and speaks like the social elites, Luke presents an argument of ethos that inspires confidence and admiration among the educated classes in the audience. The chapter presents examples of figures of speech that enhance the clarity of the gospel message. These figures serve to highlight and emphasize, to seize the attention of the audience and force them to listen carefully. Many of the Lukan Jesus' figures are impressive examples of ornament.

Keywords: Clarity; figures of speech; Lukan Jesus; Ornamentation; Stylistic Virtues



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