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eng 481 final project - Sabrina Baez ENG 481 Final Project...

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Sabrina Baez ENG 481 11/30/2011 Final Project The Inconsistencies of Paul as Seen and Heard in his Dialogue and Written Word. Much of what is taught out of the Bible is somehow related to Paul, whether it is his speeches or his letters. This project will explore the contradictions and inconsistencies within Paul’s rhetoric and speeches to find out if he is a reliable messenger and source of God’s wisdom. Throughout the course every time we would discuss Paul and his letters, there were always contradicting ideas and messages. Paul is never clear exactly how the message should be interpreted, and it is also hard to specify which group he is talking to. He never employs just one type of rhetoric in his speeches and letters but rather jumps around using different types and sometimes even referring back to himself instead of to the audience. To research Paul’s inconsistencies I will study the different kinds of rhetoric he uses in his different speeches and letters. I will also study Paul’s background more by using the film watched in class because it holds a huge underlying contradiction in that Paul was against the word of God originally and then made the major decision to start spreading it. I will compare and contrast all of the inner thoughts of Paul with how he perceived himself to the crowd because often time’s there were Baez 2
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two different sides of him. I will argue for the sake of my thesis that Paul was not a completely trustworthy source of God’s word. To research this issue I will use the George Kennedy book “New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism” chapters 4, 6, and 7 to study Paul’s rhetoric, the C. Jan Swearingen article to research Corinthians and Romans, Werner Kelber’s article for oral vs. the written word, Antoinette Wire’s article to focus on how Paul appeals to different groups, and Stanley Stowers’ article to delve into why Paul had so many contradictions within his speeches. Kennedy’s book was extremely useful in interpreting the various types of rhetoric used by Paul, and why he chose certain rhetoric for certain groups. In chapter 4 Kennedy discusses Second Corinthians and Paul’s letters, which is one of the largest bodied pieces of judicial rhetoric in the New Testament, in chapter 6 he discusses how the Paul in Acts and the Paul in epistles do not sound the same rhetoric wise, and in chapter 7 Kennedy discusses the different rhetoric types used accordingly with the Thessalonians, Galatians, and Romans. In the article “The Tongues of Men” by Dr. C. Jan Swearingen, the main topic is Paul’s letters to the Romans and 1 Corinthians. The article focuses on the rhetorical devices used and how they pertained to the understanding of the letters, this is also detrimental into understanding why Paul used different rhetoric for different groups. The article “Orality and Texuality in Paul” by Werner Kelber, emphasizes on Paul’s preference and use of oral speech in a means to get his message across.
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