15. Rhetoric in the Letters of Paul

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Jean-Noël Aletti

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch15

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Aletti, J.-N. (2011) Rhetoric in the Letters of Paul, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch15

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • rhetoric in the Letters of Paul;
  • rhetoric, requiring definition - since it is often used to designate very different things;
  • the disposition, being the most discussed - of the three fields in recent decades;
  • “The Literary Composition and Function of Paul's Letter to the Galatians”;
  • proposed outline, effectively linking - the dispositio of Galatians, with that of ancient orations;
  • Cicero, and Quintilian as manuals - that students and authors of their day would have followed;
  • The Art of Persuasion, being certainly necessary - attending to the dispositio of Paul's arguments;
  • The unfolding proof - in the argumentative micro-units;
  • Paul's rhetorical detours - in many of the argumentative passages in his letters;
  • first goal, taking into consideration - the rhetorical dimension of Paul's discourse, being useful


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Patterns of Arrangement

  • The Art of Persuasion

  • The Rhetorical Figures

  • Conclusion

  • References