The Journal started as an arm of the Rhetorical New Testament Project, which I directed for twelve years, under the auspices of the Institute of Antiquity and Christianity in Claremont, California. The Project was retired in 2008; the Institute was phased out in 2009.

Over the years, however, we have collected some valuable resources that need to be available to those interested in rhetorical criticism. Arguably  the most important are the bibliographies. Even in the day of internet searches, students and others may find things listed in them that simply don’t show up in a Google or Bing search. Others include working drafts of papers that illustrate the use of a wide variety of rhetorical critical theories and methodologies to a diverse array of ancient texts and modern social, political, and cultural issues. Thus this new iteration of the Journal.

As editor, I have always been interested in the rapid and wide dissemination of ideas and analyses. I and my colleagues on the editorial board continue to be interested in papers authors are willing to submit to our scrutiny and tender judgment. With the approval the Board, I can often post a paper in days, not weeks, of receipt. And, authors always hold the copyright and can seek to publish revised versions of their work in other places. Feel free to contact me with questions.  

Thank you for your interest!


[updated 07/09/2013]

Welcome to the Journal

The Journal for the Study of Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament

James D. Hester

founding editor