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Words Well Spoken
George Kennedy's Rhetoric of the New Testament

Edited by C. Clifton Black and Duane F. Watson

Words Well Spoken
Hardback, 255 pages $49.95
Published: 1st September 2008
ISBN: 9781602580640
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

It has been more than two decades since the publication of George Kennedy's influential New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism (1984). The essays in Words Well Spoken demonstrate the influence of Kennedy's work on New Testament studies. The essays offer applications of his method to canonical New Testament books and provide more general discussions of rhetorical analysis. Kennedy's thoughtful response articulates his present thinking about the New Testament and demonstrates why this scholar continues to be of such value to New Testament studies.



1.            C. Clifton Black and Duane F. Watson


2.            Margaret D. Zulick

                The Recollection of Rhetoric:  A Brief History                                                      

3.            Thomas H. Olbricht                                                                                                                        

                George Kennedy’s Scholarship in the Context of North American Rhetorical Studies                                                       

4.            Duane F. Watson

                The Influence of George Kennedy on Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament                                                                                                             

5.            C. Clifton Black

                Kennedy and the Gospels:  An Ambiguous Legacy, A Promising Bequest                                                                                                                               

6.            Vernon K. Robbins

                Rhetography:  A New Way of Seeing the Familiar Text                                   

7.            Blake Shipp

                George Kennedy’s Influence on Rhetorical Interpretation of the Acts of the Apostles                                                                                                    

8.            Frank W. Hughes

                George Kennedy’s Contribution to Rhetorical Criticism of the Pauline Letters                                                                                                     

9.            James D. Hester

                Kennedy and the Reading of Paul:  The Energy of Communication                           

10.          Greg Carey

                Moving an Audience:  One Aspect of Pathos in the Book of Revelation  

11.          George A. Kennedy


Curriculum Vitae:  George Alexander Kennedy                                                                   


List of Contributors                                                                                                                                                        


This cross-disciplinary approach has opened new avenues of research that extend to many aspects in New Testament criticism.

Cecil Wooten, Professor of Classics, University of North Carolina

Anyone interested in rhetoric, New Testament studies or perhaps especially in anecdotal narrative of how each of these players got involved in the rhetorical study of the New Testament will enjoy this book....Go get this book, pull up a chair, and get ready for good remembrances and challenging gestures for yet new paths of discovery on the path ahead in rhetorical study.

—André Resner, Hood Theological Seminary, quoted in Homiletic Vol 34 No. 2

C. Clifton Black (Ph.D., Duke University) is Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary.  He is associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Horizons in Biblical Theology and a founding editor of The New Testament Library.  Black is the author or editor of more than eleven books, including The Eighth Day of Creation: An Anthology of Christian Scripture (2008), Anatomy of the New Testament: A Guide to Its Structure and Meaning (co-author, 2007), and The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts (2001).

Duane F. Watson (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of New Testament Studies, Malone University.  His most recent titles include The Rhetoric of the New Testament: A Bibliographic Survey (2006), Fabrics of Discourse: Essays in Honor of Vernon K. Robbins (2003), and The History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume 1: The Ancient Period, (2003).

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 255 pages
 9in x 6in

  LAN015000, REL006100, REL070000
 Baylor University Press

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