Ezra and Nehemiah: Sacra Pagina Hardback
Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry
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Ezra and Nehemiah: Sacra Pagina
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The purpose of rhetorical criticism is to explain not the source but the power of the text as a unitary message. This approach does not look at plot development, characterization, or other elements whose roughness makes Ezra-Nehemiah frustrating to read. Instead, it examines the three parts of the relationship—the strategies, the situations, and the effects—between the speaker and the audience. Rhetorical criticism's scrutiny of the audience in context favors the search for the ideas and structures that are indigenous to the culture of the text.
Rhetorical criticism is interested in figures of speech as means of persuasion. Therefore, to apply it to Ezra-Nehemiah, Davies concentrates on the public discourse—the orations, letters, and prayers—throughout its text. In each chapter he follows a procedure that: (1) where it is unclear, identifies the rhetorical unit in which the discourse is set; (2) identifies the audiences of the discourse and the rhetorical situation; (3) studies the arrangement of the material; (4) studies the effect on the various audiences; (5) reviews the passage as a whole and judges its success. In the conclusion, Davies explains that Ezra-Nehemiah makes theological sense on its own terms, by forming a single work in which a range of ideas is argued.
Biblical scholars as well as those interested in literary criticism, communication studies, rhetorical studies, ecclesiology, and homiletics will find Ezra and Nehemiah enlightening.
Chapters are "Ezra 1:1-6," "Ezra 4:1-24," "Ezra 5:1-6: 15," "Ezra 7," "Ezra 9-10," "Nehemiah 1- 2," "Nehemiah 3-7," and "Nehemiah 8-10."
Gordon F. Davies is associate professor of Old Testament and dean of students at St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto.
Ezra and Nehemiah: Sacra Pagina by Gordon F. Davies was published by Liturgical Press in January 1998 and is our 58561st best seller. The ISBN for Ezra and Nehemiah: Sacra Pagina is 9780814650493.
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|Page last updated||25th February 2017|
|Author / Artist||Gordon F. Davies|
|Publisher||Liturgical Press (January 1998)|
|Number of Pages||176|