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New Testament Among the Writings of Antiquity (Detlev Dormeyer) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 1997) 9781850758600
New Testament Among the Writings of Antiquity (Detlev Dormeyer) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 1997) 9781850758600
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Title: New Testament Among the Writings of Antiquity

Author: Dormeyer, Detlev

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 1997

Paperback; ISBN: 9781850758600

Volumes: 1; Pages: 328

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In this useful work, Dormeyer assesses the influence of Hellenistic culture upon the New Testament as a literary work. There is no denying the impact of Jewish literature upon the New Testament, but even those Jewish antecedents were themselves not infrequently imprinted with Hellenistic characteristics. Dormeyer's method is to consider in turn the literary forms (Gattungen) of the New Testament, outlining with many examples the parallels between the New Testament and Hellenistic literature. The Synoptic sayings, for instance, are closest in character to the Hellenistic gnome, though the representation of Jesus as an eschatological and prophetic wisdom teacher shows a marked difference from other teachers of wisdom in Hellenistic circles. Other areas of close correspondence with Hellenistic literature lie in the form and rhetoric of the New Testament epistles, and in the structure of the Gospels, which invoke the canons of Hellenistic historiography and biography. Throughout, Dormeyer is at pains to stress the contours of the special quality of the New Testament literature as the product of a quite small community that nevertheless brought into being a number of authors of exceptional talent.

Contents

Preface to the English Edition

Preface

Abbreviations

Ch. 1 The Modern Literary Comparison Between Biblical Literature and the Literature of Antiquity

Ch. 2 The Teacher and Prophet of the 'Scriptures', Jesus of Nazareth

Ch. 3 The Relationship of the Literature of Antiquity to Biblical Literature

Ch. 4 The Language and Language World of the New Testament

Ch. 5 Oral Sayings Genres of Jesus: The Words of the Lord

Ch. 6 Oral Apostolic Sayings Genres

Ch. 7 Oral Narrative Genres of Jesus: Parables

Ch. 8 Oral Apostolic Narrative Genres

Ch. 9 The Letters

Ch. 10 The Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

Ch. 11 Apocalypses

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index of References

Index of Authors

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