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Socio-rhetorical interpretation: Theoretical points of departure

Ernest van Eck
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 57, No 1/2 | a1884 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v57i1/2.1884 | © 2001 Ernest van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2001 | Published: 14 December 2001

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Ernest van Eck, Research Associate: Department of New Testament Studies University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

In the past two decades, narrative criticism (narratology) and social-scientific criticism have come to the fore as the two most prominent new methodologies to be associated with gospel research. When these two methodologies are integrated in the reading of biblical texts, this is now referred to as "socio-rhetorical interpretation". This article departs from a specific understanding of what is meant by a narratological reading of a text on the one hand and, on the other hand, by a social-scientific interpretation of biblical texts, in order to propose a working definition of a socio-rhetorical analysis of texts.

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