Eloquence Divine

In Search of God's Rhetoric

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Phillip Arrington
  • Cambridge, England: 
    James Clarke & Co.
    , July
     275 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In recent years, keen interest has arisen among scholars regarding the connection between rhetoric and religion. This phenomenon could be due to the idea of universality that underlies these two topics or simply because of the crucial relevance they hold for the human condition. Biblical rhetorical criticism has been particularly active since 2009. The debate serves as a foundation for Eloquence Divine, which is grounded in a moderate and detached point of view that becomes helpful in seeing God as a 'mere' agent. In this fascinating study, God and Jesus are intended as rhetoricians who applied their own rhetoric tools in order to influence humanity's behaviour, acts and decisions.

As an agnostic English teacher, Philip Arrington traces paths across different episodes of the Scriptures with the aim to explore basic issues, such as identifying the difference between God's rhetoric and human persuasion, as well as the effectiveness that divine eloquence demonstrates in the narration of the Bible.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Phillip Arrington is Professor Emeritus of English and Rhetoric at Eastern Michigan University and is the author of the e-novel The Serpent's Sage (2013) and Rhetoric's Agons (2008).


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