Johannes N. Vorster


This volume consists of selected and approved Proceedings from the 8th International
Conference on Rhetoric and Scriptures. It continues a proud tradition which originated
in 1992 in Heidelberg, Germany. Tom Olbricht explains that in 1990 it occurred to me that
while Americans interested in rhetorical analysis met with some frequency, non international
conferences of rhetorical specialists had convened. Eventually with the support of
Wuellner and Hester, the decision was made to hold the conference at Pepperdine
University’s Moore Haus in Heidelberg in July of 1992’1 (Porter and Olbricht 1993, 9). The
second conference took place in South Africa in 1994 and was, at least from a South
African perspective, a huge success. Ten years later and the tradition still continues. Small
scale, expertise enterprises do not always survive for a long period in the academic world.
We owe it to the commitment of people such as Tom Olbricht, Jim Hester, Vernon Robbins
and Wilhelm Wuellner that this tradition continued. Not only is the publication of these
papers a tribute to these scholars, not only do the contributors want to commemorate the
performance of Wilhelm Wuellner – who made an immense contribution to disclose the
world of Rhetoric to those interested in the academic study of religion – and not only do we
want to continue this tradition, but we also hope to present a publication that would do this
tradition proud and would also effect an appropriate continuation.

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