The Rhetoric of Innuendo

Paul B. Duff

in Who Rides the Beast?

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138351
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834150 | DOI:
 The Rhetoric of Innuendo

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Focuses on John's rhetoric. It begins with a discussion of indirect accusation and gives examples of its use in the ancient world. The chapter next demonstrates how John constructs a dualistic narrative world and then peoples it with characters that can be compared or contrasted with one another. The chapter includes a discussion about John's use of homology and irony to reinforce the dualism of his narrative world. A discussion about the persuasive power of indirect language concludes the chapter.

Keywords: dualism; homology; indirect accusation; indirect language; irony; narrative world; rhetoric

Chapter.  5287 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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