I am not going to create a post everytime I change the picture of the book recommendation, but I figure that I should for the first couple of new recommendations.  Today’s recommendation is Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation by Margaret M. Mitchell.  In this work Mitchell examines 1 Corinthians through the lens of deliberative rhetoric.  For anyone looking for a model of how one can implement the formal aspects of rhetorical criticism into their research, look no further.  If nothing else her five “mandates for rhetorical criticism” are quite useful.  I find her second rule to be the most useful: “Actual speeches and letters from antiquity must be consulted along with the rhetorical handbooks through the investigation.”