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The past of Jesus in the Gospels

Author: Eugene E Lemcio
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Series: Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies), 68.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The aim of this study is to show that the Evangelists, to an extent hitherto unrecognized, wrote narratives which set out to distinguish Jesus's time from their own. Such an effort, Professor Lemcio explains, went beyond their merely putting verbs in past tenses and dividing their accounts into pre- and post-resurrection periods. Rather, they took care that terminology appropriate to the Easter appearances did not  Read more...
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Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jésus-Christ; Jésus-Christ; Jésus-Christ
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eugene E Lemcio
ISBN: 0521401135 9780521401135
OCLC Number: 21869962
Description: xiv, 190 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
1. Introduction: faith, kerygma, gospels --
2. Mark --
3. Matthew --
4. Luke --
5. John --
6. Summary and implications --
Appendix: the unifying kerygma of the New Testament --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Indexes.
Series Title: Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies), 68.
Responsibility: Eugene E. Lemcio.

Abstract:

The aim of this study is to show that the Evangelists, to an extent hitherto unrecognized, wrote narratives which set out to distinguish Jesus's time from their own. Such an effort, Professor Lemcio explains, went beyond their merely putting verbs in past tenses and dividing their accounts into pre- and post-resurrection periods. Rather, they took care that terminology appropriate to the Easter appearances did not appear beforehand, and that vocabulary used prior to Easter fell by the wayside afterwards. The author shows that words common to both eras bear a different nuance in each, and that the idiom used is seen to suit the time. These are not routine or incidental expressions, but reveal what Jesus the protaganist and the Evangelists as narrators believed about the Gospel, the Christ, the messianic task, and the nature of salvation. This much becomes apparent from a study of the internal evidence, and by next turning to data outside the Gospels, the author attempts to show how biographical and historical writings of the ancient world may prove useful in separate efforts to reconstruct the course of Jesus's life. Lemcio shows how expectations for idiomatic and linguistic verisimilitude in Graeco-Roman historical and biographical writing were met and often exceeded by the Evangelists. His study thus makes a valuable contribution towards our understanding of the literary art of the Gospel narratives, and highlights a literary sensitivity on their writers' part which has failed to receive the critical attention it deserves.
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