Vivid Rhetoric and Visual Persuasion: Ekphrasis in Early Christian Literature
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Vivid Rhetoric and Visual Persuasion: Ekphrasis in Early Christian Literature

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Title: Vivid Rhetoric and Visual Persuasion: Ekphrasis in Early Christian Literature
By: Edited by Meghan Henning & Nils Neumann
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2024
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 9 ounces
ISBN: 0802883575
ISBN-13: 9780802883575
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A major scholarly collaboration exploring vivid visual rhetoric in the New Testament 
 

From Jesus’s miraculous walk on water to the graphic horrors of hell, New Testament authors make vivid and unforgettable images appear before their audience’s eyes. In the past decade, scholarship on early Christian use of ancient rhetorical techniques has flourished. One focus of rhetorical criticism of the New Testament has been the function of ekphrasis, or vivid visual description. In this landmark collection, leading New Testament scholars come together to probe the purpose and import of ekphrasis in early Christian literature. 
 
The research in this collection explores the relationship between vivid rhetoric and genre, taking into account technical features, authorial intent, and audience response. Specific topics include: 
     • The New Testament’s rhetoric compared against Greco-Roman rhetorical handbooks 
     • Juxtaposition between vivid and non-vivid rhetoric  
     • The use of energeia in John’s Gospel to draw upon the reader’s multiple senses
     • Aesthetics and the grotesque in Revelation 
     • The use of travelogue to create a virtual journey for the audience 
     • Vivid rhetoric in early martyr literature 
 
Vivid Rhetoric and Visual Persuasion is a must-read for scholars of early Christianity and rhetorical criticism. Readers will find this collection indispensable in understanding a complex feature of the New Testament in its historical context.

Contributors

Contributors

Bart B. Bruehler, Diane Fruchtman, Meghan Henning, Martina Kepper, Susanne Luther, Harry O. Maier, Gudrun Nassauer, Nils Neumann, Vernon K. Robbins, Gary S. Selby, Aldo Tagliabue, Sunny Kuan-Hui Wang, Annette Weissenrieder, Robyn J. Whitaker

Author Bio

Meghan Henning is associate professor of Christian origins at the University of Dayton. Her previous books include Educating Early Christians through the Rhetoric of Hell and Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christianity.

Nils Neumann is professor of biblical theology at Leibniz University Hannover. His previous books include Armut und Reichtum im Lukasevangelium und in der kynischen Philosophie and Lukas und Menippos.

Editorial Reviews

"Henning and Neumann have assembled a stellar cast of contributors to illuminate the use of ekphrasis in the New Testament and other early Christian literature. With attention to reception history, the methods and criteria for identifying vivid visual rhetoric, and exegetical nuances, the essays in this volume not only describe the state of research but also significantly advance the study of ekphrasis in ancient Christian texts. I am not aware of another volume quite like this!" 
—Christopher W. Skinner 
Loyola University Chicago 
 
"From its indispensable overview of the history of scholarship on vivid rhetoric and ekphrasis in the New Testament, to deep dives into the affective, sensory textual experiences of particular early Christian passages, Vivid Rhetoric and Visual Persuasion provides an essential companion for all who seek to understand the early Christian literary world. By curating a collection of essays from leading scholars expert in both vivid visual rhetorical techniques and the Christian sources they explore, Henning and Neumann have provided a true gift to help readers navigate what is now an unquestionably core element of New Testament study." 
 —Kylie Crabbe  
Australian Catholic University 
 
"This book will serve both those who are new to the conversation about vivid rhetoric and those looking for the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the topic in a single volume. This will be the standard reference work for the foreseeable future. It provides helpful definitions of relevant terms; attends to issues of genre; exemplifies theory by application to specific texts; and masterfully synthesizes work that has been done in sensory studies, affect theory, and rhetorical criticism. The introductory essay sets an excellent foundation for the history of the subject and its importance for interpreting the New Testament and other early Christian literature. To introduce students to the topic, instructors might easily assign the introductory chapter and pair it with one of the essays that focuses upon a particular text. The editors and authors have truly provided us a remarkable resource." 
—Jaime Clark-Soles 
Southern Methodist University

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