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Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah

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Phyllis Trible examines rhetorical criticism as a discipline within biblical studies. In part one of Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah, she surveys the historical antecedents of the method from ancient times to the postmodern era: classical rhetoric, literary critical theory, literary study of the Bible, and form criticism. Trible then presents samples of rhetorical analysis as the art of composition and as the art of persuasion.

In part two, formulated guidelines are applied to a detailed study of the book of Jonah. A close reading with respect to structure, syntax, style, and substance elicits a host of meanings embedded in text, enabling the relationship between artistry and theology to emerge with clarity.

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Key Features

  • Explains how rhetorical criticism interacts with biblical studies
  • Explores the history of rhetorical criticism
  • Analyzes the book of Jonah with a rhetorical perspective


  • Context
    • Sketching the Background
    • Introducing the Foreground
    • Expanding the Background
  • Method and the Book of Jonah
    • Guidelines for Beginning
    • External Design of Jonah
    • Internal Structure of Scene One (1:1–16)
    • Internal Structure of Scene One (2:1–11)
    • Internal Structure of Scene Two (3:1–10)
    • Internal Structure of Scene Two (4:1–11)
    • Guidelines for Continuing

Praise for the Print Edition

This book was written on several levels and will engage a range of readers to their benefit. I refrain from comment [on the contents] lest I spoil the surprise—and delight—for the reader. Suffice it to say that the book itself is an example of rhetoric.

Gene M. Tucker, associate professor of Old Testament, Emory University

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About Phyllis Trible

Phyllis Trible is an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

Trible, a leader in the text-based exploration of women and gender in Scripture, lectures extensively in the United States and abroad. She is also the author of the volume on Jonah in the New Interpreter’s Bible series.