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Bibil Identifier bibil:205505
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Hymnus, Enkomion oder Psalm? Schattengefechte in der neutestamentlichen Wissenschaft
Author Vollenweider, Samuel
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 56, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language German
Pages 208-231 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract For much of the twentieth century scholars tried to reconstruct various cultic hymns beneath the surface of NT texts. With the rise of rhetorical criticism the focus of research has shifted to the properties of epideictic rhetoric. Exegetes, therefore, often tend to contrast ‘encomia’ with ‘hymns’ or ‘psalms’. To avoid any shadow boxing one has to consider which descriptive language would fit best the texts. A brief examination of ancient hymnic traditions and their treatment in rhetoric demonstrates that while encomia interact strongly with hymns each genre has its own characteristics; hymns, whether in poetry or prose, consist especially of praise of divinities and are addressed to divinities. Future formgeschichtliche analysis has to distinguish carefully between ‘hymn’ (in a narrow sense), ‘hymnic praise’ and ‘encomion’ (which does not refer particularly to divine beings). In early Christian literature, as far as it relates to the textual surface, we find beside hymns to God only a few hymns directed to Christ. Nevertheless Christ's divine status is praised with rich hymnic rhetorical devices. This amazing tension corresponds exactly with what we call ‘Christological monotheism’.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688509990269
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Hymn
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Psalm (in general)
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Encomium
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Rhetoric
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Worship
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : Form Criticism
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