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Antithesis and argument in the hymns of Ephrem the Syrian

P. J. Botha
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 44, No 3 | a2229 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v44i3.2229 | © 1988 P. J. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1988 | Published: 07 January 1988

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P. J. Botha,, South Africa

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This paper reflects research on the semantic structure of antitheses. The thesis being proposed is that the defining quality of antitheses was implemented by the Syrian church father Ephrem as a rhetoric technique to enhance the power of arguments in his hymns. Examples are being investigated to explain the function of antitheses in the surface structure of some of his arguments.


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