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This review is from: What Is a Gospel? (Rose--Reprints of Scholarly Excellence) (Hardcover)
What a fantastic book. Talbert ably dismantles the critical consensus that the Gospels don't belong to the literary genre of ancient biography, but are a genre of their own appearing sui generis. Talbert shows abundant parallels of mythic, cultic and functional forms between the gospels and other ancient biographies (both pre-Christian and post-Christian). This marshaling of background evidence convinces Talbert that when one adopts Bultmanian criteria for determining literary genre, the gospels evidently fall within the same genre categories as other ancient biographies.
This book is a must read for any New Testament student looking to get a brief survey of the relevant background evidence for determining the literary genre of the canonical gospels.
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