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date: 24 May 2019

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Paul of Tarsus is considered one of the greatest communicators in history and perhaps the most influential thinker in early Christianity. His persuasive skills enabled him to successfully present novel religious ideas. The theology in Paul’s epistles has generated interest among biblical scholars for centuries, and his rhetoric is also drawing renewed attention. This article examines Paul’s rhetoric and argumentation, offering several examples of his persuasive techniques and strategies. It first discusses the benefits of studying Paul’s rhetoric and argumentation, followed by a brief critical survey of the history of the research. It then considers rhetoric as a historical and a heuristic tool and outlines a foundation for studying Paul and for understanding his epistles from a rhetorical perspective. Finally, the article offers some practical guidelines for future studies.

Keywords: Paul of Tarsus, history, Christianity, theology, epistles, rhetoric, argumentation

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