By Karl Moller
An research of the literary constitution and rhetorical problem that caused the creation of the booklet of Amos. Moller argues that the ebook captures and offers the controversy among Amos and his 8th-century viewers. whilst learn within the mild of Israel's fall, the presentation of Amos suffering (and failing) to persuade his contemporaries of the upcoming divine punishment services as a robust caution to next Judean readers.
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The Literary Guide to the Bible (London: Fontana, 1987), pp. 11-35(15). 119. Wuellner, 'Rhetorical Criticism', p. 452. He also, for the same reasons, criticizes the approach of L. Alonso Schokel, The Inspired Word: Scripture in the Light of Language and Literature (New York: Herder & Herder, 1965). For the latter writer's latest formulation of his approach, see L. M. Bravo, A Manual of Hermeneutics (ed. R. Pearson; trans. M. Rosa; BibSem, 54; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998). 120. This tendency is reflected, for instance, in the chapter headings of chs.
Bryant (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1974), pp. 247-60 (249; my italics). 104. See Bitzer, 'Rhetorical Situation', p. 249; cf. also pp. 1 shall continue to use the terms 'persuasion' and 'art of persuasion', however, despite their lack of precision. Both are well-established expressions in the field of rhetorical criticism and have the advantage of conveying to the biblical scholar more meaningful connotations than the rather elementary designations 'rhetoric' and 'rhetorical'.
137. Wendland, 'Discourse Analysis', p. 18. 138. Cf. also E. Talstra, 'Text Grammar and Biblical Hebrew: The Viewpoint of Wolfgang Schneider', JOTT5 (1992), pp. 269-97 (269), who remarks that 'language should not be studied as a means of the purely personal expression but as a means of communication'. 139. Wendland, 'Discourse Analysis', p. 20 (my italics). 140 Having illustrated how discourse analysis and rhetorical criticism converge in their interest in the author's communicative intent, I should point out that both are marked also by their attention to the active participation of readers in the process of communication.