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Chapter Three: Instructional Speech Genre in Q

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Chapter Summary

This chapter analyzes the shorter instructional speeches in Q. It shows that Q's sayings clusters are exemplars of the instructional speech genre. Some examples Q's instructional speeches are as follows: Love Your Enemies (6:27-36); Judge Not (6:37-42); Trees, Fruit, and Speech (6:43- 45) etc. The instructional nature of the speech should no longer be in doubt. Despite the heat and volatility of the threats of judgment, the opening admonition + rationale establishes the framework genre of the speech as being instructional and deliberative, and the elaborative body uses a mixture of gnomes, aphorisms, paradigms, and examples from daily life to secure the argument and gain adherence to the programmatic admonition.

Keywords: instructional speech genre; Judge Not; Love Your Enemies



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