The New Testament and Literature: A Guide to Literary Patterns

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Open Court Publishing, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 394 pages
The New Testament is perhaps the most influential book in the world from both an intellectual and literary standpoint. Still, few readers understand how to read the New Testament as a piece of literature. The New Testament and Literature acts as a guide, focusing on the underlying patterns that combine ideas with literary devices. The book identifies the literary formulas in the New Testament and shows how these elements have shaped English and American literature.

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Contents

Early and Late
157
Revive Us Again
175
The Christian Life
197
A Tradition of Individualism
218
The Glory Part
236
Keeping Watch
275
Difficultand Easy
300
The Dream of the Rood
325
Hymns and Gospel Songs
341
Notes
363
Scornful Wonder 251
379
Scripture Index
385
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