The Rhetoric of Interruption: Speech-Making, Turn-Taking, by Daniel Lynwood Smith

By Daniel Lynwood Smith

In the Gospel in accordance with Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, audio system are frequently interrupted by way of emotional audiences (Luke 4:28; Acts 4:1; 7:54 fifty seven; 13:48; etc.). A comparative research of different Greek authors, from Homer to Josephus, finds the excessive frequency and precise kind of interruption in Luke s volumes. Intentional interruption services rhetorically to underscore the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the provision of salvation to the Gentiles, hence illuminating either Lukan theology and literary technique.

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If the author wishes to show that the subsequent response (in dialogue) or action (in narrative) violated the speaker’s rights, then the speaker’s turn must be represented as ongoing at the time of the interruption. , in Homer, Il. 292. Here, the word ὑποβλήδην is used to mark the interruption. Other possibilities include forms of ὑποβάλλω, ὑποτέμνω, and μεσολαβέω. ”95 Consequently, we may logically expect most instances of interruption to be marked either by genitive absolutes featuring present participles (ἔτι αὐτοῦ λέγοντος) or by imperfect main verbs (ἤκουον δὲ αὐτοῦ ἄχρι τούτου τοῦ λόγου).

Minchin, Homeric Voices, 233. The scholia found in the eleventh-century manuscript T and in the descendants of the lost sixth-century manuscript b are known as the “bT” scholia, and their content is largely exegetical. See Eleanor Dickey, Ancient Greek Scholarship: A Guide to Finding, Reading, and Understanding Scholia, Commentaries, Lexica, and Grammatical Treatises, from Their Beginnings to the Byzantine Period (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), 19-20. 25 For bT, interruption is linked to the refusal to tolerate an accusation.

Chapter Four constitutes a brief survey of interrupted speech in Greek novels. There, we will evaluate the frequency and function of interruption in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia and Chariton’s Callirhoe, the only two extant novels likely to predate Luke-Acts. The high frequency of intentional interruption in Callirhoe will offer some support for Pervo’s earlier thesis of novelistic influence on Acts, but we will see that the function of interruption in Callirhoe and in Luke-Acts diverges rather dramatically.

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