Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “What's in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-rhetorical Character of the New Testament” as Want to Read:
What's in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-rhetorical Character of the New Testament
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

What's in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-rhetorical Character of the New Testament

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Explains how the recognition of the oral and socio-rhetorical character of the New Testament and its environment necessitates a change in how the New Testament literature is read. This title challenges the previously assured results of historical criticism and demonstrates how the socio-rhetorical study shifts the paradigm.
Paperback, 203 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Baylor University Press (first published August 1st 2009)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about What's in the Word, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about What's in the Word

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Josue Manriquez
In the final chapter of this book, Witherington states, "the world in which the NT was written was a rhetorically saturated environment and an oral culture, beyond cavil." As such, in this book Witherington has tried to show "that it is necessary to study the NT in light of Greco-Roman rhetoric, because numerous NT writers, all literate persons, were also rhetorically skilled persons. They wrote knowing and using rhetorical conventions." Thus, "if one wants to get at the intended meaning of the ...more
I was intrigued by Witherington's assertion that a key element to interpreting the NT literature is (what he calls) the socio-rhetorical context. Though I'm not at all schooled in rhetoric, his arguments make a lot of sense.

However, I found the book a bit of a chore to read. Witherington's writing has always left me with an impression of arrogance and stereotypical scholarly snottiness, and this book didn't do much to change that impression. It was written on a much more technical/academic level
It was an interesting book. The author took a few different controversial topics and applied his method for understanding the NT. Once again he is showing why his socio-rhetoroic model is the best for understanding the NT. He covers a few controversial Bible words, and difficult passages of scripture as well. In general he is readable, but he uses some strange words as well. There is a spot where he kind of makes a fool of himself (I think he was trying to be funny, but it does not work for this ...more
This book has some very good points that stress the need to keep in mind the oral nature of the culture in which the NT documents were composed.
Ryan Ray
Ryan Ray is currently reading it
Jan 01, 2015
To.jfoster is currently reading it
Jul 09, 2014
Donna marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2014
Bob Gooch
Bob Gooch marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2014
Kevin marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2014
Andrew Nedelchev
Andrew Nedelchev marked it as to-read
Sep 02, 2013
Mike Reynolds
Mike Reynolds marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2013
Scott marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2013
Chris marked it as to-read
Apr 23, 2013
Travis marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2012
Karl marked it as to-read
Jun 04, 2012
Nick added it
Nov 17, 2011
Diane Shields
Diane Shields marked it as to-read
Jul 15, 2014
Patrick marked it as to-read
Oct 21, 2011
Tony marked it as to-read
Oct 03, 2011
Alan Swartz
Alan Swartz is currently reading it
Aug 12, 2009
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest, and The New York Times bestseller The Brother of Jesus. He has app ...more
More about Ben Witherington III...
A Week in the Life of Corinth The Acts of the Apostles Conflict & Community in Corinth: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Corinthians What Have They Done with Jesus? Beyond Strange Theories & Bad History-Why We Can Trust the Bible Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

Share This Book