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Is Paul Mad? Reading Romans as Performance Building on recent works by Stanley Stowers and Neil Elliot, this project will present nearly the entire epistle as a conversation between Paul and certain sectarian elements of his day. It is a performance piece, where Paul argues against one who is not physically there, using the rhetorical practice of prosopopoeia. Table of Contents: Introduction Survey of recent scholarship on Paul’s use of rhetoric The setting of Romans Paul v. Saul – Paul’s Gospel to the Gospel Saul v. Paul – Paul’s Gospel to the Jews Conclusion The Destruction of the Temple

Rhetoric / Romans

Paul’s Use of Prosopopoeia in his Epistle to the Romans

Previously, I posted Quintilian’s boundaries for the use of prosopopoeia, a literary device that allows a speaker to create a fictional dialogue partner. It has been long recognized that Paul employs such a method in Romans 2-4 in dealing with Jewish resentment to Gentile salvation. We will examine Romans 2-3 (chapter 4 is continued from chapter 3 directly and only in Paul’s speech) in light of prosopopoeia as well as move into forgotten episode of Paul’s use of this which I hope to cast in a different light. (While I am sure that this is old work to many,

Rhetoric / Scholarship

Prosopopoeia in Dialogue

I’m building up to something, so have patience, as it might come a bit later. This comes from an ancient Roman orator named Quintilian (ca. 35 – ca. 100) who helped to firm up certain aspects of Roman culture. In setting out boundaries, we find a key to Paul’s dialogue in Romans in which he debates with a fictional Jew (which became common practice for well into the 5th century) concerning sin, grace and Gentiles. Here, we look at Quintilian’s proposopoeia,