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In die Skriflig

On-line version ISSN 2305-0853
Print version ISSN 1018-6441

In Skriflig (Online) vol.45 n.2-3 Pretoria Jun. 2011




'n Teksgesentreerde retoriese analise van 1 Korintiërs 4


A text-centred rhetorical analysis of 1 Corinthians 4



A.H. Snyman

Departement Nuwe Testament. Universiteit van die Vrystaat. Bloemfontein. E-pos:




Die tradisionele benadering tot die retoriese analise van Paulus se briewe is die gebruikmaking van kategorieë, ontleen aan die Grieks-Romeinse retoriese sisteem, om sin van sy oorreding-strategie te maak. Die probleem met die benadering is dat hierdie kategorieë vir die maak van toesprake bedoel was en nie vir die analise van briewe nie. Ten einde die probleem te hanteer, het geleerdes alternatiewe benaderings tot die analise van Paulus se briewe ontwikkel, waaronder die sogenaamde teksgesentreerde benadering.
Met die analisering van 1 Korintiërs 4 deur 'n teksgesentreerde benadering, beoog ek om addisionele bewyse te bied dat dit onnodig is om antieke retoriese kategorieë van buite op die hoofstuk af te dwing ten einde sin te maak van Paulus se retoriese strategie. Dit kan betreklik akkuraat uit die teks self gerekonstrueer word, mits die hoofstuk sistematies en deeglik bestudeer word.


The traditional approach in rhetorical analyses of Paul's letters is to apply categories derived from the Greek-Roman rhetorical system to make sense of his persuasive strategy. The problem with this approach is that the categories were intended for the production of speeches and not for the analysis of letters. In order to address the problem, scholars have developed alternative approaches to the analysis of his letters - one of them is the so-called text-centred approach.
By analysing 1 Corinthians 4 through a text-centred approach, I intend to provide additional evidence that it is unnecessary to force ancient rhetorical categories (from outside) on the chapter to make sense of Paul's persuasive strategy. It can be reconstructed fairly accurately from the text itself, provided that the chapter is studied carefully and systematically.



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