Aune on enthymemes in New Testament scholarship

In a helpful 2003 essay, David Aune discusses “the use and abuse of the enthymeme in New Testament scholarship” (New Testament Studies 49, no. 3, 299–320). According to the article’s abstract, Though the enthymeme is usually defined as a truncated syllogism, that definition does not go back to Aristotle. By the first century CE there […]

Bitzer on the “enthymeme” in Aristotle’s rhetorical theory

Much ink has been spilled in attempting to define the enigmatic category of “enthymeme” that plays such an important role in Aristotle’s rhetorical theory. Aristotle calls enthymemes “the body of proof” (Aristotle, Rhet. 1354a [Freese, LCL]; σῶμα τῆς πίστεως), but nowhere explicitly defines the category. The typical “textbook definition” tends to try to define enthymemes […]