Johnson, a former green beret platoon leader in Vietnam, has now settled into
the peaceful life of an Idaho rancher.
It holds a kind of a magic, a new freedom, a relief from a cunning
invisible enemy left behind in the dangerous jungles of Vietnam. He’s good with
a gun, fast on a horse and as tough and smart as the next man, but he’s about
to meet a new enemy more cunning and illusive than the one he left in Vietnam. Idaho’s
television stations issue “Breaking News”
alerts almost hourly providing the latest gruesome statistical details of newly
discovered mutilated cattle—many found on ranches adjacent to Randy’s—and that
concerns Randy! Five hours later the mutilators strike Randy Johnson’s isolated
horse ranch—and all hell breaks loose. It
is up to law enforcement to find the answer and solve the mystery. Can they do
Part One discusses various theoretical issues. Several articles discuss lament within the psalms, including the function of appeals to pathos, lament's compensation for monotheistic piety, and the need for more attention to the laments' poetry and rhetoric to understand their meaning. Other essays address the psalmists' self-presentation, the ideological identity of the wicked within the psalms, faunal imagery with regard to tenor and vehicle, the topoi related to God in call to praise psalms, the function of gaps in prayers for help, and the rhetoric of kingship psalms as attempts to persuade readers of the legitimacy and efficacy of kingship.
Part Two consists of rhetorical analyses of several psalms or psalm pairs, each with distinctive emphases. These include a discussion of Psalm 8 from a bodily perspective, the nature and implication of nature language within Psalm 23, the structure of Psalm 102 within Book IV of the Psalter along with its theology and lament, the forensic case of Psalms 105 and 106 emphasizing the role of narrative in forensic rhetoric and comparing the results with classical rhetoric, and an analysis of the rhetorical aim of Psalm 147, subjected to developments within cognitive science.