Summary Of Paul's Rhetoric

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However, though Paul did not know much about rhetoric, he is being judged to the same extent as any Greco-Roman orator. Further, Litfin admits that the split in the church between Paul and Apollos was based on the fact that Paul was unskilled while the latter was an eloquent orator (P.156). The Pauline model of rhetoric is different from the Greco-Roman’s in the sense that it does not induce belief in his listeners. If the Greco-Roman makes use of rhetoric to persuade, Paul leaves the task of persuasion to the Holy Spirit. However, this is not enough to affirm that Paul did not have persuasion in mind. What happens is, says Litfin, instead of using man-made theories to persuade, though being a good herald by adapting himself to his audience,
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