Remarks on the Rhetorical Critical-examination of Cover Image

Pál apostol athéni beszédének retorikai-kritikai vizsgálata
Remarks on the Rhetorical Critical-examination of

Author(s): Botond Péter Koppándi
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Erdélyi Unitárius Egyház
Keywords: Paul’s rhetoric; rhetorical criticism; missionary preaching; theological use of rhetoric

Summary/Abstract: This study deals with the Apostle Paul’s famous speech given in Athens, on the Areopagus. The main statement is that this piece from the Acts cannot be totally understood using the traditional method of historical criticism, because it leads to many unanswered questions. Rather, this sermon of Paul can best be understood if we use the modern rhetorical criticism, which allows us to be in the position of the reader who is present at the time of the action. Th is way, the Areopagus Speech can be read as a masterpiece of a person who demonstrated his rhetorical skills by gently proclaiming the Word in a culturally diff erent Greek environment. The article analyses the speech from rhetorical points of view, and concludes that Paul’s rhetoric could be interpreted as a paradigm for modern missionary preaching.

  • Issue Year: 119/2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 179-189
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Hungarian