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Overview This volume in the Library of Early Christianity examines the literary techniques that were common during the development of the New Testament, and how these techniques influenced Scripture. The Library of Early Christianity is a series of eight outstanding books exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in which the New Testament developed.
This volume in the Library of Early Christianity examines the literary techniques that were common during the development of the New Testament, and how these techniques influenced Scripture.
The Library of Early Christianity is a series of eight outstanding books exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in which the New Testament developed.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.07" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1985
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Library Of Early Christianity
ISBN 0664250181 ISBN13 9780664250188
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More About David E. Aune
David E. Aune (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Walter Professor of New Testament, emeritus, at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of a three-volume commentary on the book of Revelation in the Word Biblical Commentary series and of The Westminster Dictionary of New Testament and Early Christian Literature and Rhetoric.
David E. Aune has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Notre Dame, USA.
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A good survey of the literary genres of the New Testament Jan 31, 2002
Aune shows that the documents of the New Testament were not created in a vacuum and that they reflect the literary environment of the Greco-Roman world and also the Hebraic culture. He feels that the gospels are influenced to some degree by ancient Greco-Roman biographical style. He also sees Luke-Acts as an example of someone trying to write history, and he does a good job of explaining that Luke, like Thucydides and other ancient historians, used speeches to advance the story. He notes that while Luke didn't reproduce the speeches word for word, he did hit highlights and may have even have put some sections in his own words, which was an accepted way to record speeches at that time.
He also discusses the literary format of ancient letters as they relate to the letters of the New Testament. But I wish he would have focused more on how unique the NT letters are and how Paul's letters were far more profound (and longer) than the average ancient letter.
He also discusses the book of Revelation, and how this letter reflects other Jewish apocalyptic writings, and yet differs from them in other ways. One may disagree with the number of late dates Aune assigns some of the NT documents (for example, assigning 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus to the year 125 AD, 60 years after Paul died). But the book is still a solid entry in the Library of Early of Christianity series.
I should add though, that this isn't the easiest book in the world to read, certainly not as easy as Shaye Cohen's contribution to this serie. It is definitely geared more for the seminarian or the educated laymen.