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
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
|Country of origin:
||Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 68
Eugene E. Lemcio
||Electronic book text
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!