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Title: And I Turned to See the Voice: The Rhetoric of Vision in the New Testament
Author: Humphrey, Edith McEwan
Publisher: Baker Academic; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780801031571
Volumes: 1; Pages: 240
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Although they do not constitute a dominant genre, vision-reports--such as those surrounding the nativity, the transfiguration and resurrection, Stephen's martyrdom, and Jesus's appearance to Saul--appear at crucial moments in numerous New Testament texts. Surprisingly, however, they have occasioned few detailed studies.Edith Humphrey's careful work neatly fills that gap in the scholarly literature. Through the use of rhetorical criticism, Humphrey offers new insights into the use of vision-reports and their narrative importance--moving beyond previous studies that have tended to focus only on the recorded event (what actually happened?) to the broader rhetorical and polemic dimensions (what did the authors intend to convey by including the vision-report in their narrative?).Humphrey details four uses of vision-reports: to complete the narrative, to direct the argument, to shape the narrative, and to fire the imagination. This work is directed largely at scholars and students who will find much here to stimulate and inform their studies of the vision-reports and their narratives. Clergy will also find this an enlightening and accessible work that will give them much material to consider when preaching on these or related New Testament passages.