FREQUENT AND IMPORTANT FIGURES OF SPEECH IN
GALATIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND COLOSSIANS
allegory – an extended metaphor or hypocatastasis.
amphibologia – a word or phrase with two interpretations.
anacoluthon – the grammatical sequence or flow of thought is changed or interrupted.
anadiplosis – a sentence ends with a word, and the following sentence begins with the same
anaphora – repetition of the same words at the beginning of successive sentences.
antenantiosis – a positive is magnified by use of an equivalent negative statement.
antimereia – exchange of parts of speech, such as a noun for an adjective; e.g. “angels of might”
for “mighty angels”.
antimetabole – the repetition of a series of words in the opposite order, for the purpose of
asterismos – a calling attention by the mark of an asterisk, i.e., a word which attracts attention,
asyndeton – a series of words or phrases with an emphatic concluding statement.
condescensio – (anthropopatheia) – ascribing human attributes, etc., to God; e.g. “the right hand
ellipsis – the omission of a word or phrase in order to place emphasis on the remaining portion of
epanadiplosis – the repetition of a word at the beginning and end of a verse.
epanorthosis – a recalling of what has been said in order to correct, as if by an afterthought.
epitrechon – parenthetic addition thrown in, not complete in itself.
erotesis – a rhetorical question, one which does not expect an answer.