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The Synoptic Gospels

George Aichele

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199544486.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Synoptic Gospels

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No other texts in the Bible have been so received or transformed in English literature as the texts of the Gospels. The multiple canonical Jesus narratives have been resurrected again and again in the poems, dramas, and stories of generations of English writers, and these narrative afterlives reflect and transfigure both the content, what Jesus says and does, and the form, how his words and deeds are represented, in the biblical accounts. Both facets confront readers with complicated questions of narrative truth and meaning, structure and ideology. This article considers how the Synoptic Gospels are themselves the subject of literary study, and how they have lent themselves to successive literary creations within the tradition.

Keywords: Gospels; Jesus; Bible; biblical accounts; Synoptic Gospels; New Testament

Article.  7638 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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