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"Burridge reexamines the old question of the genre of a Gospel. He situates it within the fluid category of Greco-Roman biography through a study exacting in terms of new methods, a wealth of data, and rigor. A superb survey of the topic which also breaks new ground,"---Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 366 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.
Foreword by Graham Stanton
Richard Burridge's acclaimed study of the Christian Gospels is significantly updated and expanded in this second edition. Here Burridge engages the field of Gospel studies over the last hundred years, arguing convincingly for viewing the Gospels as biographical documents of the sort common throughout the Graeco-Roman world. In pursuing the question of his book's title, Burridge compares the work of the Christian evangelists with that of Graeco-Roman biographers. Drawing on insights from literary theory, he demonstrates that the widespread view of the Gospels as unique is false and discusses what a properly "biographical" perspective means for Gospel interpretation. New to this second edition of What Are the Gospels? are a long final chapter detailing the recent paradigm shift in Gospel scholarship -- a shift due in large part to this very book -- a foreword by Graham Stanton, and an appendix on the absence of comparable early Jewish biographies.
Richard A. Burridge is dean of King's College London,where he is also professor of biblical interpretation anddirector of New Testament studies.
Religious Studies Review
"One of the hotly debated topics of recent years has been what type of literature the Gospels are. Richard Burridge reviews the data and discussion and proposes a solution. . . . This treatment of the questions will serve as a standard for future work."
"Burridge's book is the most comprehensive and lucid discussion of the genre of the Gospels yet undertaken. . . . This is a book that students of the Gospels cannot afford to avoid. . . . It is a truly astonishing tour de force -- interdisciplinary biblical scholarship at its very best."
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"Burridge reexamines the old question of the genre of a Gospel. He situates it within the fluid genre of Graeco-Roman biography through a study exacting in terms of new methods, a wealth of data, and rigor. . . . This is an immensely learned volume. . . . It not only represents a superb survey of the topic but also breaks new ground."
Journal of Biblical Literature
"This volume ought to end any legitimate denials of the canonical Gospels' biographical character. It has made its case."