Date of Award

Spring 1995

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Stockhausen, Carol


This dissertation is an investigation of Paul's rhetorical strategy in Philippians 3:1-4:l, a passage unique for a number of reasons, among them is the form and content of the autobiographical section in vv. 5-6. Paul uses deliberative rhetoric to persuade the Philippian believers toward a particular mind-set in relating to Christ and to the apostle, himself. This section in Philippians is found in the probatio. Through the use and development of three enthymemes, Paul accomplishes three things. First, he obtains positive ethos from the Philippian believers, i .e. his personal character is enhanced. Second, Paul effectively warns them against potential enemies who may lead some away from a proper perspective of both Christ and a particular way of life. Third, he establishes an eschatological perspective focusing on the meaning and significance of Christ's: post-resurrection return that should serve as a bearing-setting principle in their temporal existence.



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