By Karl Moller
An research of the literary constitution and rhetorical problem that caused the creation of the e-book of Amos. Moller argues that the publication captures and provides the talk among Amos and his 8th-century viewers. while learn within the gentle of Israel's fall, the presentation of Amos suffering (and failing) to persuade his contemporaries of the upcoming divine punishment capabilities as a robust caution to next Judean readers.
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R. ), The Philosophy of Language (London: Oxford University Press, 1971), pp. 54-70. 147 Whereas the first is defined as 'the performance of an act of saying something', an illocution is 'the performance of an act in saying something' and a perlocution is 'the performance of an act by saying something'. '148 Especially the distinction between different kinds of speech acts, or rather different aspects of a speech act, between 'locution', 'illocution' and 'perlocution',149 is a useful conception in that it provides us with welldefined concepts that allow further refinement of my functional approach to the book of Amos.
147-51. 57. For the text of the poem, see T. ), The Poems of William Wordsworth with Introductions and Notes (London: Oxford University Press, 1923), p. 187. 58. Cf. S. Lewis, lDe descriptione temporum', in idem, Selected Literary Essays [ed. W. Hooper; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969], pp. 1-14). He affirms that 'it is my settled conviction that in order to read Old Western literature [in Lewis's terms this is Western European literature from its Greek or pre-Greek beginnings down to, roughly, Victorian times] aright you must suspend most of the responses and unlearn most of the habits you have acquired in reading modern literature' (Lewis, 'De descriptione temporum', p.
123. Alter, Art of Biblical Poetry, p. 146. 124. Alter, Art of Biblical Poetry, p. 146. 125. Alter, Art of Biblical Poetry, p. 146. 126. Bitzer, 'Rhetorical Situation', p. 259 (his italics). 127. Bitzer, 'Rhetorical Situation', p. 259 (his italics). Introduction 31 Having noted some essential concerns of rhetorical criticism, we are now in a position to consider the practical side of the subject, which I shall turn to presently by outlining five steps of rhetorical-critical analysis. However, before we come to that, a few comments on what I would regard as in many ways closely related interpretative models seem pertinent at this point.
(A) Prophet in Debate: The Rhetoric of Persuasion in the Book of Amos (JSOT Supplement Series) by Karl Moller