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Bibil Identifier bibil:201331
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Letter of Recommendation? A Closer Look at Third John's "Rhetorical" Argumentation
Author Marulli, Luca
Journal Biblica (Volume: 90, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 203-223 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Editor and proofreader: Ryan Wallace.
Abstract Previous studies argue that the Elder composed the letter to recommend Demetrius to Gaius, and that Third John therefore falls into the “letter of recommendation” genre. After assessing the differences between common letters of recommendation and Third John, this study examines the rhetoric of Third John in an attempt to show that it is not a letter of recommendation, but rather an epideictic rhetorical attempt to restore the Elder’s honor (discredited by Diotrephes) in Gaius’ eyes and persuade him to detach himself from Diotrephes’ reprehensible behavior by extending hospitality to the Elder’s envoys.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Rhetoric
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Catholic Epistles : Epistles of John : 3 John
Pericopes 3 John 1,1-1,15
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