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New Testament, Byzantine, Patristic and Early Medieval Rhetoric:
Selected Sources

The literature on rhetorical criticism of the New Testament is vast. This bibliography, which is just in its infancy, includes only those works which in my judgment make a contribution to Greco-Roman rhetorical theory rather than being limited to rhetorical criticism of specific texts.

Brown, Peter.

Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1992.

Cameron, Averil.

Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire: The Development of Christian Discourse. Berkeley: U of California P, 1991.

Conley, Thomas. "Byzantine Teaching on Figures and Tropes: An Introduction." Rhetorica 4 (1986): 335-374.
---. "Greek Rhetorics after the Fall of Constantinople: An Introduction." Rhetorica 18 (2000): 265-294.
Crafton, Jeffrey A. The Agency of the Apostle: A Dramatistic Analysis of Paul's Responses to Conflict in 2 Corinthians. JSNT Supplement Series 51. Sheffield: JSOT P, 1991.
Crusius, Timothy "Thinking (and Rethinking) Kinneavy." Rhetoric Review 3 (1985): 120-130.
Humphries, Michael L., and Burton L. Mack. Christian Origins and the Language of the Kingdom of God. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1999.

Kennedy, George A.

Greek Rhetoric under Christian Emperors. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1983.

---. "An Introduction to the Rhetoric of the Gospels." Rhetorica 1 (1983): 17-81.

New Testament Interpretation through Rhetorical Criticism. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1984.

Kermode, Frank. The Genesis of Secrecy: On the Interpretation of Narrative. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1979.

Kinneavy, James L.

Greek Rhetorical Origins of Christian Faith. New York: Oxford UP, 1987.

Kustas, George L. "The Function and Evolution of Byzantine Rhetoric." Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Ed. Lynn Hurst. Berkeley and Los Angeles : U. of Calif. P., 1970 (1971). 55-73.
Leff, Michael C. "Boethius and the History of Medieval Rhetoric." Central States Speech Journal 25 (1974): 135-141.
---. "The Material of the Art in the Latin Handbooks of the Fourth Century A.D." Rhetoric Revalued: Papers from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. Ed. Brian Vickers. Binghamton: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1982. 71-78.


"The Topics of Argumentative Invention in Latin Rhetorical Theory from Cicero to Boethius." Rhetorica 1 (1983): 2344.

Meynet, Roland. "Histoire de "l'analyse rhetorique" en exégèse biblique." Rhetorica 8 (1990): 291-320.
Monfasani, John. "The Byzantine Rhetorical Tradition and the Renaissance." Renaissance Eloquence: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Renaissance Rhetoric. Ed. James J. Murphy. Berkeley : U of
California P, 1983. 174-184.

Murphy, James J.

Rhetoric in the Middle Ages: A History of Rhetorical Theory from Saint Augustine to the Renaissance. Berkeley: U of California P, 1974.

Poster, Carol. "Silence as a Rhetorical Strategy in Neoplatonic Mysticism." Mystics Quarterly 24 (1998): 48-69.

Robbins, Vernon K., and Burton L. Mack

Patterns of Persuasion in the Gospels. Sonoma, CA: Polebridge, 1989.

Ryan, P. J. "Chrysostom, a Derived Stylist?" Vigiliae Christianae 36 (1982): 5-14.
Sider, Robert. Ancient Rhetoric and the Art of Tertullian. London: Oxford UP, 1971.
Snyder, Lee. "Invitation to Transcendence: The Book of Revelation." Quarterly Journal of Speech 86 (2000): 402-416.
Sullivan, Dale L. "Establishing Orthodoxy: The Letters of Ignatius of Antioch as Epideictic Rhetoric." Journal of Communication and Religion 15 (1992): 71-86.
---. "Kairos and the Rhetoric of Belief." Quarterly Journal of Speech 78 (1992): 317-332.
Sullivan, Dale L., and Christian Anible. " The Epideictic Dimension of Galatians as Formative Rhetoric: The Inscription of Early
Christian Community." Rhetorica 18 (2000): 117-.

Warner, Martin, ed.

The Bible as Rhetoric: Studies in Biblical Persuasion and Credibility. London: Routledge, 1990.

Watson, Duane Frederick, ed.

Persuasive Artistry: Studies in New Testament Rhetoric in Honor of George A. Kennedy. Sheffield: Academic P, 1991.

Wilder, Amos N. Early Christian Rhetoric: The Language of the Gospel. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971.