Why Bios? On the Relationship Between Gospel Genre and Implied Audience Hardback

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Why Bios? On the Relationship Between Gospel Genre and Implied Audience

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Justin Marc Smith argues that the gospels were intended to be addressed to a wide and varied audience. He does this by considering them to be works of ancient biography, comparative to the Greco-Roman biography. Smith argues that the earliest Christian interpreters of the Gospels did not understand their works to be sectarian documents. Rather, the wider context of Jesus literature in the second and third centuries points toward the broader Christian practice of writing and disseminating literary presentations of Jesus and Jesus traditions as widely as possible. Smith addresses the difficulty in reconstructing the various gospel communities that might lie behind the gospel texts and suggests that the 'all nations' motif present in all four of the canonical gospels suggests an ideal secondary audience beyond those who could be identified as Christian.

Why Bios? On the Relationship Between Gospel Genre and Implied Audience by Justin Marc Smith was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in December 2014. The ISBN for Why Bios? On the Relationship Between Gospel Genre and Implied Audience is 9780567656605.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (December 2014)
Weight586g
Number of Pages280
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567656605
ISBN-100567656608
Product Code4286242
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