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Categorization and Evaluation of Approaches to the Structure of Hebrews

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The characteristic of Hebrews which proves especially challenging for a conceptual analysis is the use of repetition. Analysis of New Testament texts in light of ancient Greek literary conventions has a long history. The current interest in rhetorical studies is most often traced back to a programmatic address entitled "Form Criticism and Beyond" delivered by James Muilenberg. Rhetorical criticism of the New Testament has developed as a very different discipline associated with the Greek and Roman rhetorical traditions. Rhetorical criticism of the New Testament, taking its cue from the "New Rhetoric" of Chaim Perelman and L. Olbrechts-Tyteca, also places a great deal of emphasis on argument as an aspect of rhetorical literature. An emphasis on the relationship between structure and content and the recognition of unifying themes in Hebrews are helpful aspects of conceptual analysis.

Keywords: Hebrews; New Testament; Rhetorical Criticism



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