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Narrative Criticism

John Ashton

in Studying John

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269793
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269793.003.0007
Narrative Criticism

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This chapter calls into question the value of narrative criticism in a number of ways. First, it systematically ignores the strong likelihood that the text of the Fourth Gospel, like that of the other three, had a history and thus should not be assumed to be a single, fully integrated composition. Secondly, it casts a highly questionable theoretical net over all aspects of the narrative, most of which are more easily dealt with by other, simpler methods. Thirdly, it neglects the difference between fictional and non-fictional texts in emphasizing the story element. The chapter concludes by comparing the Gospels to Aeschylus' Persae and Shakespeare's history plays.

Keywords: narrative criticism; structural criticism; historical references; Persae; Fourth Gospel history; flaws of narrative criticism

Chapter.  10671 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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