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SNYMAN, Andreas H.. Types of questions in 1 Corinthians 7-8 and 10:1-11:1. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2305-0853.
1 Corinthians 7-8 and 10:1-11:1 form part of Paul's response to a letter from the Corinthians, refered to in 7:1. These two sections deal with matters on marriage and idolatry, specifically that of eating meat in pagan temples. In Paul's response he uses a number of questions, which all commentaries simply describe as rhetorical questions. The purpose of this article is to distinguish these questions more clearly on the basis of a model, developed from speech act theory. The model is briefly summarised, followed by a systematic examination of all the questions in these two sections. The conclusion is that the denominator 'rhetorical question' is an oversimplification that does not do justice to the way in which Paul uses various types of questions to enhance the impact of his response to the Corinthians. By distinguishing and describing these questions within a scientific framework, an attempt was also made to contribute to the translation and exegesis of the passages involved.