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What are the Gospels? : a comparison with Graeco-Roman biography

Author: Richard A Burridge
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Series: Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies), 70.
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In this work Dr Burridge contends that scholarly study of the genre of the Gospels has gone full circle over the last century of critical scholarship. The question of how the Gospels should be categorised is still a vexed one and - surprisingly - there is still no consensus. This book analyses and evaluates the debate over the course of the last century. It shows that while the nineteenth-century assumption that the  Read more...
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Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jésus-Christ
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Burridge
ISBN: 0521412293 9780521412292 0521483638 9780521483636
OCLC Number: 23901330
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Univ. of Nottingham, 1989.
Description: xiii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part One: The Problem --
Historical survey --
Genre criticism and literary theory --
Genre criticism and Graeco-Roman biography --
Evaluation of recent debate --
Part two: the proposed solution --
Generic features --
Generic features of early Graeco-Roman --
Generic features of later Graeco-Roman --
Synoptic gospels --
Fourth gospel --
Conclusions and implications --
Reactions and developments.
Series Title: Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies), 70.
Responsibility: Richard A. Burridge.
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In this work Dr Burridge contends that scholarly study of the genre of the Gospels has gone full circle over the last century of critical scholarship. The question of how the Gospels should be categorised is still a vexed one and - surprisingly - there is still no consensus. This book analyses and evaluates the debate over the course of the last century. It shows that while the nineteenth-century assumption that the Gospels could be likened to biographies has been denied by the mainstream scholarship of this century, in recent years a biographical genre has begun to be assumed once more. Dr Burridge provides a good foundation for the re-introduction of this biographical view of the Gospels by comparing the work of the Evangelists to the development of biography in the Graeco-Roman world, and by drawing on insights from literary theory. The author shows that the view that the Gospels are unique, which is still widespread among biblical scholars, is false: a first-century reader would have seen the Gospels as biographies, or 'Lives' of Jesus, and they must therefore be interpreted in this light.

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What are the Gospels?

by minot123 (WorldCat user published 2006-05-26) Excellent Permalink
The idea that the Gospels are not biographies has been scholarly dogma for nearly one hundred years. Rudolph Bultmann, for example, did not believe that the Gospel writers had any interest in historical or biographical matters. Some scholars argue that the Gospel writers were "theologians" who were...
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