A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative
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A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative  -     By: Cornelis Bennema

A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative

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Cornelis Bennema here presents a new theory of character in the New Testament literature.

Although character has been the subject of focused literary-critical study of the New Testament since the 1970s, Bennema observes that there is still no consensus regarding how character should be understood in contemporary literary theory or in biblical studies. Many New Testament scholars seem to presume that characters in Greco-Roman literature are two-dimensional, "Aristotelian" figures, unlike the well-rounded, psychologized individuals who appear in modern fiction. They continue nevertheless to apply contemporary literary theory to characters in ancient writings. Bennema here offers a full, comprehensive, and non-reductionist theory for the analysis, classification, and evaluation of characters in the New Testament.

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Title: A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative
By: Cornelis Bennema
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 1451472218
ISBN-13: 9781451472219
Stock No: WW472219

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In this study in three-dimensional character reconstruction, Cornelis Bennema presents a new theory of character in the New Testament literature. Although character has been the subject of focused literary-critical study of the New Testament since the 1970s, Bennema observes that there is still no consensus regarding how character should be understood in contemporary literary theory or in biblical studies.

Many New Testament scholars seem to presume that characters in Greco-Roman literature are two-dimensional, Aristotelian figures, unlike the well-rounded, psychologized individuals who appear in modern fiction. They continue nevertheless to apply contemporary literary theory to characters in ancient writings. Bennema here offers a full, comprehensive, and non-reductionist theory for the analysis, classification, and evaluation of characters in the New Testament.

Author Bio

Cornelis Bennema is senior lecturer in New Testament at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology ,UK, and Extraordinary Associate Professor, Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa. He is the author of The Power of Saving Wisdom,An Investigation of Spirit and Wisdom in Relation to the Soteriology of the Fourth Gospel (2002),A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative (2014),Encountering Jesus: Character Studies in the Gospel of John,second edition (2014), and co-editor of The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology (2012).

R. Alan Culpepper is Professor of Religion at McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, and one of the leaders in Gospel of John research.

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