The Gospel of Matthew as a Literary Argument

Argumentation 25 (1):63-86 (2011)
Through an argumentation analysis can one show how it is feasible to view a narrative religious text such as the Gospel of Matthew as a literary argument. The Gospel is not just good news but an elaborate argument for the standpoint that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah. It is shown why an argumentation analysis needs to be supplemented with a pragmatic literary analysis in order to describe how the evangelist presents his story so as to reach his argumentative objective. The analysis also shows why in the case of historical religious literary texts, certain demands are put on the analyst that are not normally present
Keywords Argumentation analysis  Pragmatic analysis of argumentation  Literary arguments  Christian argumentation  The Gospel of Matthew  The New testament  Analysis of religious texts
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-010-9198-z
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Mary Louise Pratt (1977). Toward a Speech Act Theory of Literary Discourse. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 36 (2):225-228.

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