9795Re: [Synoptic-L] Second edition of Burridge's "What Are the Gospels"?
- Jul 8, 2004Yes, I've seen some of the new material in draft and it represents a
substantial revision, bringing the book up to date and engaging
developments and reactions that have emerged since the first edition.
It is apparently scheduled for release in September. See the Eerdmans
What Are the Gospels?: A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography
Richard A. Burridge
Not yet in print (Expected ship date: 9/29/04)
revised edition; 380 pages; dimensions (in inches): 6.25 x 9.25
Foreword by Graham Stanton
Richard Burridge's highly acclaimed study of the Christian Gospels is
substantially updated and expanded in this revised 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, Burridge
demonstrates that the widespread view of the Gospels as unique is
false, and he discusses what a properly "biographical" perspective
means for Gospel interpretation. The book includes a long new chapter
detailing the recent paradigm shift in Gospel scholarship — a shift
due in large part to this very book — a new foreword by Graham
Stanton, and an appendix dealing with the absence of comparable early
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