Longenecker has produced a stunning study which zeroes in on a surprisingly neglected literary and rhetorical phenomenon in the Bible--the chain-link or interlock construction (A-b/a-B). Longenecker traces the chain-link through non-Biblical literature to the Old and New Testaments, distinguishing it from other literary and rhetorical linkage techniques. His careful and convincing formalist investigation of the chain-link constructions will surely prove itself an indispensable resource for the exegesis of Biblical texts. A must-read for all serious biblical scholars. --David E. Aune, Professor of New Testament, University of Notre Dame
Bruce Longenecker has identified a gap in our understanding of the structure of ancient texts: the chain-link transition. He carefully defines the form, function, and character of this transition within the Graeco-Roman rhetorical tradition, ancient texts, and the New Testament. This accomplishment would be splendid enough, but he also discusses the theological, structural, and historical significance of chain-link interlock. Longenecker provides a fresh and welcomed contribution to New Testament studies. --Duane F. Watson, Professor of New Testament Studies, Malone College
About the Author
Bruce W. Longenecker (Ph.D. University of Durham) is a lecturer of New Testament studies at St. Marys College, University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author or editor of eight books including The Lost Letters of Pergamum (2003), Luke, Paul and the Graeco-Roman World (2002), Narrative Dynamics in Paul (2002), The Triumph of Abrahams God (1998), 2 Esdras (1995) and Eschatology and the Covenant (1991).