Re: [Synoptic-L] Second edition of Burridge's "What Are the Gospels"?
- I take it that the recent "paradigm shift" referred to below in
the press blurb is Bauckham et al.'s (which includes Burridge)
"Gospel for All Christians."
Burridge ably filled in for Bauckham in a SBL 2003 session on this
topic. As I recall, one of his points is that the gospels are a
form about biography, which means that they are about its subject
Jesus, not about the local community from which they originated.
It sounds like a basic point, but it is a helpful reminder when
reading someone's use of a gospel as a window into an early
At 09:51 AM 7/8/2004 +0100, Mark Goodacre wrote:
>Yes, 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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