The Two Rhetorical Situations of the Book of Ezekiel

26 Jan

This study, which covers the rhetorical strategies of the entire book of Ezekiel, will prove to be a valuable read if you are trying to understand the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel. This is, at best, a difficult book to read, and many have given up trying in complete and utter frustration.

This paper was originally delivered at the 2011 International SBL Conference in London.

Its subject concerns the use of Lloyd Bitzer’s “the rhetorical situation” model of rhetorical criticism and applies it to the study of the book of Ezekiel. This paper is a good example of rhetorical criticism used for biblical studies, and particularly for the book of Ezekiel.

Since the paper is fairly long, I’ve made it available for you to read in a separate window. This also allows you to download the paper to use as a study or an academic resource.

Click on the link below to view the paper as a PDF.

2 Rhetorical Situations of Ezekiel

2 Replies to “The Two Rhetorical Situations of the Book of Ezekiel

  1. Bitzer’s objectivism is clear, and easily taught as a method, however errant it may be according to Vatz’s construction, for rhetorical criticism. Vatz claims that portraying rhetoric as situationally based vitiates rhetoric as an important field; portraying rhetoric as the cause of what people see as pressing situations enhances the significance of rhetorical study.

  2. The interesting thing is that Bitzer’s model has nonetheless stood the test of time, as a functional means of rhetorical criticism.

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