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Preface 1. Introduction Part I. The Rhetorical Background: 2. The beginnings of rhetoric: Athens, the handbooks, and the Sophists 3. The art comes of age: Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle 4. Rhetoric at its best: Cicero and Quintilian 5. The state of the art: Rhetoric during the First Century Part II. 1 Corinthians 1-4: 6. Paul, rhetoric, and the city of Corinth 7. 1 Corinthians 1-4: some general considerations 8. Paul and his preaching in Corinth: the background of 1 Corinthians 1-4 9. The central passage: 1 Corinthians 1. 17-2.5 10. The argument completed: 1 Corinthians 2.6-4.21 11. Summary and conclusions Endnotes Bibliography Index.