Concordia Theological Monthly
rhetoric, greek, literary, criticism, rhetorical, aristotle, athens, demetrius, oratory
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Oratory, as a general term, is properly defined as the power to sway an audience by eloquent speech. As far as is known, the art of such effective public speaking was first studied and taught in Greece, where it was called rhetoric. One of the early teachers of rhetoric in this proper sense was Gorgias, the Greek sophist, who brought his art to Athens in 427 B. C. from his native city of Leontini in Sicily. He afterwards settled in Athens, where he continued the practice and teaching of rhetoric. Therefore it is generally agreed that Gorgias is the creator of a new artistic medium-Attic prose - which he developed 'into a somewhat artificial and flowery mode of expression.
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Jennrich, Walter A.
"Rhetoric in the New Testament: The Diction in Romans and Hebrews,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 20, Article 43.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol20/iss1/43