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2 - The Romantic “Big Bang”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 January 2021

Robyn Faith Walsh
Affiliation:
University of Miami, Coral Gables
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Chapter 2 discusses the history of the critical study of the New Testament, with a focus on the era of German Romanticism. By tracing the development of the concepts of Geist and Volk, one can see how notions of oral tradition, cohesive Christian “communities,” and the gospel writers as literate spokespersons for these communities was inculcated in the field. A discussion of literary theory and the “death of the author” further demonstrates the category mistakes those who study the so-called origins of Christianity have made by uncritically treating the subject of ancient authorship.

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The Origins of Early Christian Literature
Contextualizing the New Testament within Greco-Roman Literary Culture
, pp. 50 - 104
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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