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Gospels

Richard A. Burridge

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Gospels

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This chapter addresses the question of the genre of the gospels. To do this, it is necessary to understand two key areas: the critical theory of genre and the kinds of literature contemporary with the gospels within the Graeco-Roman and Jewish worlds around the 1st century. The chapter begins by looking at genre theory and then sketches a brief historical overview of scholarly approaches to the gospels. This leads to the recently developing consensus that the gospels are a form of ancient biography and some current issues of debate and future directions of research.

Keywords: gospels; ancient biography; genre theory

Chapter.  4949 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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