Hierarchy, Unity, and Imitation: A Feminist Rhetorical by Joseph, A. Marchal

By Joseph, A. Marchal

More often than not Paul's letter to the Philippians is visible as joyous and comparatively "harmless." but particular positive factors of Paul's arguments-his attract solidarity and use of army and historical patronage imagery-have troubling points that exhibit the hierarchical nature of Paul's rhetoric as he makes an attempt to build an authoritative place for himself within the eyes of the group. by means of getting to the ability dynamics that inhere within the argumentation of "Philippians", this feminist rhetorical research reevaluates the relevance of Paul and Pauline interpretation, highlighting a brand new set of hermeneutical concepts for the research of "Philippians". as well as studying the rhetorics of interpretation, this paintings makes a speciality of the severe problems with gender and of colonial and army prestige, particularly through contemplating the jobs of Euodia and Syntyche and civic and armed forces photographs within the letter. It hence serves for example of the relevance of feminist techniques towards either biblical literature and biblical interpretation.

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W. Heathcote; London: Epworth Press, 1979), 9, 14; Gerald F. : Word Books, 1983), 14, 176; T. E. Pollard, “The Integrity of Philippians,” NTS 13 (1966–1967): 65. 3 Pollard, “Integrity,” 59. 5 The current state of scholarship, however, seems to be shifting toward arguing for the importance of a single group of images for the letter. 7 Though there have since been a number of different proposals for the dominant set of images for Philippians, the two that have drawn the most attention and can contribute the most to this study are the arguments for friendship imagery and military imagery in the letter.

Gracie; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1981), 19–20. D. D. , The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1997). 40 Von Harnack, Militia, 36; Portefaix, Sisters, 140; Krentz, “Military Language,” 109– 110; “Paul, Games, and the Military,” in Paul in the Greco-Roman World, 360, 362. See also Schuster, “Rhetorical Situation,” 45; Reimer, “‘Our Citizenship,’” 191–192, 201– 202. Reimer, in particular, emphasizes that the prosopographical studies show that many of the Macedonian soldiers in the Praetorian Guard can be identified as from Philippi.

1: Thessalonians, Philippians, Galatians, Philemon (ed. Jouette M. Bassler; Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1991), 89–104. : Trinity Press International, 1994). Paul A. Holloway believes that friendship is a related, but “secondary description” of the consolation language in Philippians. See Holloway, Consolation in Philippians: Philosophical Sources and Rhetorical Strategy (SNTSMS 112; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), 2. 12 Alan C. Mitchell, “‘Greet the Friends by Name’: New Testament Evidence for the Greco-Roman Topos on Friendship,” in Greco-Roman Perspectives on Friendship (ed.

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