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Kerygma/History and the Gospel Genre

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The Enlightenment, and as a result of that, the rise of historical awareness created grave problems in interpretation of the gospels. Various attempts have been made to 'solve' this problem, ranging from the suggestion that the gospel narratives are factually true to the opinion that factual history has to be reconstructed from narratives by separating fact from fiction or myth. It is regrettable that research on genre of gospels has been dominated for more than half a century by controversy about the gospels and history. There are at present two ways in which genre of the gospels is defined. In the first an evolutionistic model is used while in the second the genre is explained with an analogy model by comparing it to other literary forms. This chapter gives a survey of the problem and its development. It then discusses kerygma and history with reference to the gospels as narratives.

Keywords: analogy model; evolutionistic model; gospel genre; gospel narratives; kerygma and history; literary forms



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