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Bibil Identifier bibil:211854
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Thanks, but no Thanks': Tact, Persuasion, and the Negotiation of Power in Paul's Letter to Philemon
Author Elliott, Scott S.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 57, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 51-64 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Historical reconstructions concerning Philemon consistently illustrate an overwhelming tendency to see Paul as operating with the most innocuous and transparent of motives. In contrast, my (mildly playful) reading of Philemon posits a Paul engaged in power negotiations with his addressee. Though Philemon acts as Paul's would-be patron, Paul resists the gesture and opts instead to assign Philemon a carefully proscribed role vis-à-vis himself. Paul relies on rhetorical techniques of tact to coerce Philemon to adopt this role ‘voluntarily’. Onesimus emerges, then, as a pawn in a negotiation for power and status in the community.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688510000238
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Letter to Philemon
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Patronage / Patronus
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Rhetoric
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