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Number of Pages: 154
Vendor: Resource Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.31 (inches)|
Author: Jim Tallmon
Located in: Austin, TX
Submitted: August 13, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. Jim and his wife Bonnie moved from Wyoming to Texas to be near grandchildren. Dr. Tallmon has been teaching rhetoric, from a traditional liberal arts perspective, both in colleges and in Classical Christian schools, since 1985.
What was your motivation behind this project? When I first learned that Quintilian, author of "Institutes of Oratory," (a 12-volume treatise on the proper education of the perfect orator, from the cradle onward,) and that he grew up in Spain, I thought, "wouldn't it be cool if St. Paul fulfilled his intention, stated in the Book of Acts, to go to Spain and, while there, if he were to bump into Quintilian. What would they talk about?"
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will understand more deeply the relation of rhetorical arts to love of neighbor and also, their role in the restoration of civil society. I wrote this slim volume with the thinking high schooler in mind. I hope it is adopted in Classical Christian Schools of Rhetoric as an imaginative means of discussing its major themes, as they emerge, in the dialogue (rendered as Platonic dialogue) between Paul and Quintilian.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It was a joy to, at long last, have the time to devote to writing each and every day.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Erik Larson and Eric Metaxas
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Paul obtains a thirty-day leave from house arrest in Rome to "attend to business in Spain," but must promise to return for sentencing. He plans a "mission blitz" of Hispania. But the plan changes when, in the provincial capital, Paul meets Quintilian, a young pleader who invites him to his family's estate up the Rio Iberus, in La Rioja, outside Calagurris (Calahorra). Paul accompanies Quintilian to Calagurris, along with Luke. Zenas, the other member of "Mission Team Beta," remains in Caesaraugusta to establish in the faith three new converts, one of whom is Quintilian's clerk. Their talk, rendered as Platonic dialogue, ranges across rhetorical theory, ethics, pedagogy, Christianity, and Paul's latest manuscript, which he hopes will be received as his magnum opus. The novel explores fictional competition between Paul and Apollos, Quintilian's personal crisis, a result of actual, devastating personal losses, resolved when, years after Paul has died by Nero's decree, a much older Quintilian finds comfort in the words of Paul's letter to his kinsmen, the Hebrews, words which Quintilian had discussed with Paul during that memorable occasion at the family's estate in La Rioja.