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By Karl Moller

An research of the literary constitution and rhetorical problem that triggered the construction of the e-book of Amos. Moller argues that the booklet captures and provides the talk among Amos and his 8th-century viewers. while learn within the mild of Israel's fall, the presentation of Amos suffering (and failing) to persuade his contemporaries of the approaching divine punishment features as a strong caution to next Judean readers.

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137. Wendland, 'Discourse Analysis', p. 18. 138. Cf. also E. Talstra, 'Text Grammar and Biblical Hebrew: The Viewpoint of Wolfgang Schneider', JOTT5 (1992), pp. 269-97 (269), who remarks that 'language should not be studied as a means of the purely personal expression but as a means of communication'. 139. Wendland, 'Discourse Analysis', p. 20 (my italics). 140 Having illustrated how discourse analysis and rhetorical criticism converge in their interest in the author's communicative intent, I should point out that both are marked also by their attention to the active participation of readers in the process of communication.

65-79 (66), who points out that even where a complex redaction history is likely, we do not 'have the necessary data to trace the diachronic development of [a prophetic] book through time as many redaction critics attempt to do' (cf. F. A. ], New Visions of Isaiah [JSOTSup, 214; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996], pp. 306-26). 76. In fact, all the issues brought up in this paragraph will be discussed in more detail in that chapter. 20 A Prophet in Debate should point out at this point that such a criticism would not, in fact, be altogether mistaken.

That is to say, did I successfully demonstrate that the presentation of Amos's debate with his audience fits the proposed rhetorical situation? (4) What (and whose) interests is the material in its entirety best seen to be serving, to revert to Mason's terminology? This then brings us to the second part of this introductory chapter, which is devoted to an outline of rhetorical criticism, as it is understood and practised in the study in hand. 2. Definition and Procedural Outline of Rhetorical Criticism The twentieth century has seen a remarkable number of studies on the book of Amos.

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