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Figures Of Speech And The Art Of Argumentation And Persuasion

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Chapter Summary

This chapter explains Luke's rhetorical strategy to explore his use of figures of speech on the lips of Jesus as a means of persuasion and argumentation. The figures cited in the chapter served Luke's purpose of drawing the audience into his argument, causing them to side with Jesus and participate in the narrative and gospel message. The chapter illustrates how Luke used figures of speech on the lips of Jesus as a means of portraying Jesus as a teacher victorious in verbal debate. It deals with figures that invite audience participation in the narrative. As the audience is drawn into the narrative, being asked to fill in details, answer questions, and complete arguments for themselves, they have a greater stake in the gospel and in the process are changed by the narrative.

Keywords: argumentation; audience participation; figures of speech; persuasion

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