Paul's Literary Style: A Stylistic and Historical Comparison of II Corinthians 11:16-12:13, Romans 8:9-39, and Philippians 3:2-4:13

Paul's Literary Style: A Stylistic and Historical Comparison of II Corinthians 11:16-12:13, Romans 8:9-39, and Philippians 3:2-4:13

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By (author) Aida Besancon Spencer

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  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Format: Hardback | 268 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 224mm x 21mm | 463g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0761812644
  • ISBN 13: 9780761812647

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Paul's Literary Style determines quantitatively how Paul varies the style of his writing to assist communication with different communities and to ascertain some constant characteristics of his writing. Using 2 Corinthians 11:16-12:13, Romans 8:9-39, and Philippians 3:2-4:13, the author uncovers the performance of ten stylistic operations: sentence changes, complexity of the writing, adverbs and adverbial clauses, propositional reduction; logical diagrams, abstract versus concrete nouns, imagery, Leo Spitzer's philological circle, verb density, and variety of sentence length. In this study, stylistics denotes the use of linguistics as a tool of literary criticism by which to investigate the aesthetic effects of language. This methodology produces an investigation to compare Paul's style of communication to three different communities and discover his adaptations to different audiences.

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Aida Besancon Spencer is the author of Prayer Life of Jesus (University Press of America, 1990) and is Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Table of contents

chapter 1 Preface chapter 2 Introduction chapter 3 Description of Stylistics chapter 4 The Historical Contexts of II Corinthians, Romans, and Philippians chapter 5 A Stylistic and Historical Comparison of II Corinthians 11:16-12:13, Philippians 3:2-4:13, and Romans 8:9-39 chapter 6 Conclusion chapter 7 Appendices chapter 8 Works Cited chapter 9 Indices chapter 10 Author Biographical Sketch