The Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament

The Semblative Rhetoric Between Exodus and Galatians

Here is the abstract of Brandon Elder’s article.


Ever since key scholars have researched the use of rhetoric and literary devices within the argumentation and narrative of Scripture, many works have been produced to discover the extent to the number of literary devices there are and how these devices are used. Instead of merely presenting some new or already recognized literary devices used in Scripture (though some will surely be presented), this paper will do so by examining two books, the Old Testament book of Exodus and the New Testament book of Galatians, to see how they make use of the same literary devices throughout their respective texts. What will be discovered is there are at least seven shared literary devices (likely more) that, when brought into the same conversation, give further insight into Paul’s use of these devices and what is highlighted concerning the Law.