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The Birthing of the New Testament: The Intertextual Development of the New Testament Writings (New Testament Monographs) Paperback – June 6, 2006


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  • Series: New Testament Monographs
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905048661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905048663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tom Dykstra on January 31, 2011
This is a landmark book in biblical studies, not so much because of its Proto-Luke hypothesis as because of its first 9 chapters that present and justify the author's methodology. These chapters are clearly and effectively argued, and they are extremely important because they undermine key parts of the paradigm subscribed to by most biblical scholars. Much of this has been argued elsewhere of course, but this is to my knowledge the most comprehensive and effectively argued attack on the idea of oral tradition that has yet been published anywhere, and it should be read by anyone who is inclined to take that idea seriously.

These nine chapters offer an account of the incredible variety of ways that people in the ancient world created new works of literature by copying old ones; they refute the idea that the Old Testament or New Testament were unique exceptions to this pattern; they create and defend a series of criteria that scholars can use to determine when one literary work is dependent on another; they provide a brief history explaining how the process of creating literary works worked in the ancient world; they refute the idea that the New Testament authors could have been so isolated that each could somehow write in complete ignorance of the others' works; and they reach a well-substantiated conclusion that much of the New Testament - even including the epistles of Paul -- was produced by a single far-flung community rather than by isolated individuals.

The remainder of the book presents Brodie's application of his methodology at some length, including his Proto-Luke hypothesis. I personally found this rather more of a mixed bag than the first nine chapters.
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Clifford J. Stevens on September 14, 2013
"The founder of the name (Christians) was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea, in the reign of Tiberias."
Tacitus: Annals: 15:44

It is his conclusions about the Jesus of history and of the Four Gospels that is the issue. Not his brilliance in several esoteric fields of literary analysis.

Father Clifford Stevens
Boys Town, Nebraska
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