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Bibil Identifier bibil:213852
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Angels as Arguments? The Rhetorical Function of References to Angels in the Main Letters of Paul
Author Tolmie, D. Francois
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 67, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 1-8 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The issue investigated in this article is the rhetorical function fulfilled by the references to angels in the Main Letters of Paul. For this purpose all the references to angels in Galatians, 1 and 2 Corinthians and Romans are investigated systematically and thoroughly. This study shows that Paul never uses any of the references to angels as a main argument in these letters. Furthermore, it is shown that Paul refers to quite a variety of (possible) roles that angels might fulfil, or characteristics that angels possess. From a rhetorical perspective, it is evident that Paul mostly mentions angels in contexts that can broadly be typified as hyperbolic – in the sense that the extent or broad scope of the issue under discussion is emphasised.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v67i1.825
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Angel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Galatians
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Letters to the Corinthians
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Romans
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