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A literary-rhetorical reading of the opening and closing of 1 Corinthians.

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Durham E-Theses A literary-rhetorical reading of the opening and closing of 1 Corinthians. Stamps, Dennis Lee How to cite: Stamps, Dennis Lee (1994) A literary-rhetorical reading of the opening and closing of 1 Corinthians., Durham theses, Durham University. Available at Durham E-Theses Online: Use policy The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to the metadata record in Durham E-Theses • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full Durham E-Theses policy for further details. Academic Support Office, Durham University, University Office, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HP e-mail: [email protected] Tel: +44 0191 334 6107 ABSTRACT Author: Dennis L. Stamps Title: A Literary-Rhetorical Reading of the Opening and Closing of 1 Corinthians This study is an experiment in reading an ancient letter within the Christian letter tradition, or more specifically, the Pauline epistolary tradition. It is an attempt to read the first letter from Paul to the church at Corinth, a letter written in about 55 CE. Instead of pursuing the traditional historical-critical concerns, this study uses literary and modern rhetorical theory to assess the effect of the final form of the text upon the epistolary situation. In literary terms, this study examines how the text inscribes the sender/author, the recipients/audience, and the rhetorical situation as literary presentations, using in particular the literary concepts of the implied author and the implied reader. These literary presentations are then evaluated in terms

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