This volume features thirty-six translated texts illustrating the use of the chreia, or anecdote, in Greco-Roman classrooms to teach reading, writing, and composition.
Author: Ronald F. Hock
This volume features thirty-six translated texts illustrating the use of the chreia, or anecdote, in Greco-Roman classrooms to teach reading, writing, and composition. This ancient literary form preserves the wit and wisdom of famous philosophers, orators, kings, and poets. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).
The chreia was a particular form of educational text that was important from the early Roman empire to the late Byzantine period.
Author: Ronald F. Hock
Publisher: Scholars Press
The chreia was a particular form of educational text that was important from the early Roman empire to the late Byzantine period. The chreia taught pupils how to write letters and form them into words, how to write the correct forms and endings of Greek and Latin sentences and how to learn stylistic skills through creating an essay.
In the end, this work illustrates that hypotheses of Markan priority, like the Farrer Hypothesis and Two-Document Hypothesis, are more rhetorically plausible than hypotheses of Matthean priority.
Author: Alex Damm
Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers
Only recently have studies of the synoptic problem begun to ground their assessments of literary dependence in ancient literary conventions. In an effort to appreciate more fully the evangelists' modus operandi, this study examines their appeal to Greco-Roman rhetoric, the "science of speaking well". Focusing on a rhetorical form called the chreia, the book examines rhetorical techniques and reasons for chreia adaptation, particularly reasons why authors changed this form, both in theory and in the practice of the Hellenistic authors Plutarch and Josephus. With these reasons in mind, the study assesses literary dependence among the synoptic gospels, examining in detail a Triple Tradition and Double Tradition _chreia_. In the end, this work illustrates that hypotheses of Markan priority, like the Farrer Hypothesis and Two-Document Hypothesis, are more rhetorically plausible than hypotheses of Matthean priority. While Matthew and Luke's adaptations of Mark tend to reflect the rhetorical reasoning that we should expect, Mark's reasoning is often problematic, for Mark repeatedly works against the fundamental rhetorical principles of clarity and propriety.
The rhetorical skills they taught were the badge of the adult educated male.12
While some exercises, like the chreia (a discussion of a saying attributed to some
famous figure such as Diogenes the Cynic) might include grammatical exercises
Author: Ruth Webb
This is a study of ekphrasis, the art of making listeners and readers 'see' in their imagination through words alone, as taught in ancient rhetorical schools and as used by Greek writers of the Imperial period (2nd-6th centuries CE). The author places the practice of ekphrasis within its cultural context, emphasizing the importance of the visual imagination in ancient responses to rhetoric, poetry and historiography. By linking the theoretical writings on ekphrasis with ancient theories of imagination, emotion and language, she brings out the persuasive and emotive function of vivid language in the literature of the period. This study also addresses the contrast between the ancient and the modern definitions of the term ekphrasis, underlining the different concepts of language, literature and reader response that distinguish the ancient from the modern approach. In order to explain the ancient understanding of ekphrasis and its place within the larger system of rhetorical training, the study includes a full analysis of the ancient technical sources (rhetorical handbooks, commentaries) which aims to make these accessible to non-specialists. The concluding chapter moves away from rhetorical theory to consider the problems and challenges involved in 'turning listeners into spectators' with a particular focus on the role of ekphrasis within ancient fiction. Attention is also paid to texts that lie at the intersection of the modern and ancient definitions of ekphrasis, such as Philostratos' Imagines and the many ekphraseis of buildings and monuments to be found in Late Antique literature.
4 Citations from Theon's discussion of the chreia will be taken from Aelius Theon
of Alexandria, “On the Chreia,” in The Chreia in Ancient Rhetoric: Volume I: The
Progymnasmata (eds. R. H. Hock and E. N. O'Neil; SBLTT 27; Atlanta: Scholars ...
Author: William M. Wright
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
This monograph on John 9 makes extensive use of premodern Christian exegesis as a resource for New Testament studies. It draws on ancient Christian ways of reading Scripture in a more-than-literal or figural way to critique the modern trend to understand John s Gospel as recounting the history of the evangelist s community. This study also examines a variety of premodern interpretations of John 9 for insight into the chapter s theological and rhetorical dimensions. Building upon the premoderns observations, it argues that John 9 resembles a mode of Greco-Roman rhetorical argumentation and expression to present Jesus as the Light of the World. This analysis illustrates the inseparability of form and content, rhetoric and theology, in the Fourth Gospel. "
76 Chreiai quoted in the chreia - chapter usually illustrate the various formal
classifications of this form . To be sure , students were obviously ... Cf . also Hock
and O ' Neil , Chreia in Ancient Rhetoric , pp . 153 – 81 . English translation in C ...
Author: Stanley E. Porter
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Also available in paperback This detailed reference work provides a comprehensive and wide-ranging introduction to classical rhetoric as it was practised in the hellenistic period (330 B.C.-A.D.400).In three sections, it provides a thorough description and analysis of the standard categories of thought, terminology, and theoretical and historical developments of classical rhetoric, as well as providing useful bibliographies. The three sections of essays define the major categories of rhetoric, analyze rhetorical practice according to genre of writing, and treat individual writers in the rhetorical tradition. 27 international scholars from a wide range of backgrounds have contributed to this high-quality publication, which provides an state-of-teh-art overview of the current research and will from the basis of future explorations.Students of the rhetoric of the New Testament, the hellenistic period, the classical period and the patristic era will all find this volume useful and insightful, as will those with general interests in these subjects.
This volume provides an English translation of four Greek treatises written during the time of the Roman empire and attributed to Theon, Hermogenes, Aphthonius, and Nicolaus. Several of these works are translated here for the first time.
Author: George Alexander Kennedy
This volume provides an English translation of four Greek treatises written during the time of the Roman empire and attributed to Theon, Hermogenes, Aphthonius, and Nicolaus. Several of these works are translated here for the first time. Paperback edition available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).
BUTTS , J . R . “ The Chreia in the Synoptic Gospels . ” BTB 16 ( 1986 ) : 132 ...
The Voyage of Discipleship : Narrative , Chreia , and Call Story . ” Pages 199 -
219 in ... The Chreia in Ancient Rhetoric : Volume I . The Progymnasmata . Texts
Author: Duane Frederick Watson
Publisher: Deo Pub
A new, comprehensive bibliography of rhetorical studies of the New Testament. An invaluable research tool.
37 Vide his , Anecdotes and Arguments : The Chreia in Antiquity and Early
Christianity , Occasional Papers of the Institute for ... 39 Vide Butts , “ The
Progymnasmata of Theon , ” p . xx ; Hock and O ' Neil , The Chreia in Ancient
Rhetoric , pp .
Author: Jón Magnús Ásgeirsson
The impact of Alexander the Great's legacy `was unsurpassed in terms of cultural impact for subsequent centuries'. This collection of twelve essays explores Alexander's cultural ideals that lived on after his death in various spheres of life, including education, literature, art, philosophy, music and the cultural imagination. Taking an interdisciplinary approach they explore different aspects of western civilisation from Alexander's death through to the modern era. The contributors examine Alexander's legacy in the Letters of Paul, portraiture, on the Church Fathers, in medieval cosmopolitanism and contact with foreigners.
This interest in the chreia tradition has led also to the collection and publication of
the chreia exercises of prominent progymnasmata ; see Ronald F. Hock and
Edward N. O'Neil , eds . and trans . , The Chreia in Ancient Rhetoric : The ...
Author: Todd C. Penner
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
These essays on Acts illustrate the move away from traditional modes of interpretation and toward more innovative historical, cultural, and literary analyses. They focus particularly on the intersection of early Christian literature and its Greco-Roman cultural and discursive contexts.
See notes 27 and 44 below for lists of the extant rhetorical exercise handbooks
and the rhetorical handbooks , respectively . ... matters and dating see the essays
in Ronald F . Hock and Edward N . O ' Neil , The Chreia in Ancient Rhetoric , vol .
Author: Rollin A. Ramsaran
Publisher: Burns & Oates
All cultures and all religious movements have their own traditional sayings, and most have a collection of religious maxims as well. This book shows how maxim usage is valuable in determining by whom, for whom, and how maxims are used to provide internal ordering, stability, and a general staple of teaching material for religious movements. In particular, readers are invited to consider the full and proper context that stands behind the social interaction of Paul and the believing community in Corinth. The author argues that this context is incomplete without a recognition of the rhetorical conventions of maxim usage in Paul's world. Understanding Paul's use of maxim argumentation as, in part, a response to the maxim argumentation of some Corinthians opens a window on 1 Corinthians 1-10 that has not been previously explored.
Con22 Ronald F . HOCK and Edward N . O ' NEIL , “ The Chreia Discussion of
Aelius Theon of Alexandria : Introduction , Translation and Comments , ” in The
Chreia in Ancient Rhetoric . Vol . 1 : The Progymnasmata ( ed . Hock / O ' Neil ...
Author: Bengt Holmberg
Publisher: Mohr Siebrek Ek
The main point of emphasis in the book is that approaching the Christian movement's early history through investigating its identity helps us to understand how the followers of Jesus developed from an intra-Jewish messianic renewal movement into a new religion with a major Gentile membership and major differences from its Jewish matrix - all in only a hundred years. Identity is not simply a collection of beliefs that was agreed upon by many first-century Christians. It is embedded, or rather, embodied in real life as participation in the founding myths (narrativized memory of and accepted teaching on Jesus), in cults and rituals as well as in ethical teaching and behavioral norms, crystallized into social relations and institutions. This is a dynamic feedback process, full of conflicts and difficulties, both internal and caused by the surrounding society and culture. The authors explore different aspects of identity, such as how the Gospels' narrativization of the social memory shapes and is shaped by the identity of the groups from which they emerge, how labels such as "Jewish" and "Christian" should and should not be understood, the identity-forming role of behavioral norms in letters, and the interplay between competing leadership ideals and the underlying unity of different Christian groups. They also show that identity formation is not necessarily related to innovation in moral teaching, nor averse to making use of ancient conventions of masculinity with their emphasis on dominance.