1. The Lazarus Effect (with Ann Witherington).
Witherington gives 10 reasons why rhetoric matters for NT Interpretation:
1. Failure to recognize a propositio (thesis statement) or peroration leads to misunderstanding of the character and themes of a document.
2. Failure to correctly identify the species of rhetoric in a discourse leads to false conclusions.
3. Failure to recognize "impersonation" as a rhetorical device.
4. Failure to recognize the way that a rhetorical comparison works.
5. Failure to see the difference between ancient and modern persuasion.
6. Failure to recognize enthymemes leads to misunderstanding NT arguments.
7. Overlooking the way personificiations work in a rhetorical discourse.
8. Mistaking amplification for either redundancy or for saying more than one thing.
9. Mistaking asiatic rhetoric for verbal excess.
10. The importance of recognizing micro-rhetoric - recognizing a gradatio.