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Gospel Genre, Christological Controversy and The Absence of Rabbinic Biography: Some Implications of the Biographical Hypothesis

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This chapter suggests that many traditio-historical studies treat the gospels as "windows" through which they look to what lies behind or beyond the text in the first century context of the historical Jesus or early Christian communities. Genre analysis shows that the gospels are written in the form of an ancient biography, with a concentrated focus on the person of Jesus of Nazareth. It is common to see Christology as a boundary marker, helping to develop a sense of identity and separation from Judaism in the construction of early Christian identity during the period of "the parting of the ways". However, the christological implications of the gospels' biographical genre have also not been realized. The significance of these implications is increased by a comparison of the gospels with rabbinic material.

Keywords: christological implications; gospel genre; Judaism; rabbinic material



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