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John Dominic Crossan and the Literary Turn in Biblical Studies

Tania Oldenhage

in Parables for Our Time

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150520
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019515052X.003.0007

Series: AAR Cultural Criticism Series

 John Dominic Crossan and the Literary Turn in Biblical Studies

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Moving to the U.S. in the 1970s, Oldenhage discusses the ways in which biblical scholars in America challenged the assumptions of historical criticism and proposed a literary turn in biblical studies. Informed by literary criticism, these scholars started to take seriously the form and language of the parables and turned them from ancient artifacts into artful literature. The focus of the chapter lies on the work of John Dominic Crossan, who in the 1970s was arguably the most influential proponent of a literary approach to the parables. Oldenhage outlines Crossan's hermeneutics by emphasizing his creative engagements with postmodernism as well as his continuing interest in the first historical context of the parables of Jesus.

Keywords: hermeneutics; historical criticism; John Dominic Crossan; literary criticism; parables of Jesus; postmodernism

Chapter.  6685 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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