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Rhetoric and Reality in Galatians: Framing the Social Demands of Friendship

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This chapter argues that Betz is indeed correct in identifying the passage in Gal 4:11-20 as coming from the friendship topos, but has missed the way that it thus fits into the overall rhetorical strategy of the letter and examines both how Paul frames this section of the letter and how the friendship motifs are being used. As with Peter Marshall's treatment, the difficulty is that Sampley's discussion focuses on only one of the two main streams of the friendship language in Gal, namely the frankness motif. The inclusio is framed by verses 11-12a and 19-20 respectively, with their parallel references to Paul's past "labors" on their behalf and his solicitous expression of doubt about their present stance.

Keywords: Galatians; inclusio; Paul; Peter Marshall; Sampley; topos



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