Studying John

John Ashton

in Studying John

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269793
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683817 | DOI:
Studying John

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This chapter explains the book's title and provides a defence of the aims and methods of what is generally known as historical criticism. It discusses that most biblical narratives and the gospels build upon already existing traditions and sources that limit as well as stimulate the freedom of their authors. The chapter reflects that these limitations are seldom if ever acknowledged by narrative criticism. It argues that the best practitioners of the historical critical method, Bultmann, Dodd, and Hans Windich, showed a keen sense of the literary qualities of the Fourth Gospel. It proposes that the contributions of narrative criticism have been minor and are unlikely to survive that long.

Keywords: historical critical method; methods of historical criticism; Fourth Gospel; narrative criticism; literary criticism; Bultmann; Dodd; Windich

Chapter.  10797 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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