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The New Testament and Narratology

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This chapter gives general remarks about New Testament studies and literary theory. There is undoubtedly a need to rethink the history of early Christian literature from a perspective where much less emphasis is put on the growth and origin of texts and more on written texts and the way in which the material they contain is organised. Despite the important contributions of scholars who studied the New Testament documents with view to their pre-literary stages, one has to remember that it was the written documents which became the literary legacy of early Christianity and not their origins. The chapter develops the theme from a literary-historical perspective by taking into account aspects of history of New Testament research. It then treats aspects of the New Testament as part of narrative legacy of ancient times with a view to the implications of insights of narratology for the study of New Testament texts.

Keywords: literary theory; literary-historical perspective; narrative legacy; narratology; New Testament research; pre-literary stages



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