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Literary Genre of the Gospels

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Lesson

What kind of books are we dealing with? Different kinds of literature will be analyzed differently in terms of reliability. If it is fiction, we will analyze it a certain way. How should we read the Gospels?

Outline

I. ANCIENT LITERARY OPTIONS

A. Aretalogies — lives of a divine person

B. Greek playwrights

C. Epic narratives

D. Gospel as a parable

E. Jewish Midrash

F. Sui generis — one of a kind

G. Biographies

II. CHARACTERISTICS OF ANCIENT BIOGRAPHIES

A. Selectivity

B. Narrative time to indicate importance

C. Topical /Thematic and chronological arrangements

D. Paraphrase, abbreviation, and explanation, without quotation marks

E. Rewording the sources

F. Lessons should be learned from history — not mundane facts