The birth of the Gospels as biographies : with analyses of two challenging pericopae / Jean-Noël Aletti ; translated by Peggy Manning Meyer.

Aletti, Jean Noël, author.
Roma : G&BP, Gregorian & Biblical Press, 2017.
Analecta biblica. Studia ; 10.
Analecta biblica. Studia ; 10
x, 174 pages ; 23 cm.
Jesus Christ -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Biography -- To 500.
Narration in the Bible.
Greek literature -- Relation to the New Testament.
Recognition in literature.
Bible. Gospels. -- Criticism, Narrative.
Bible. Gospels. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Mark, VII, 24-30. -- Criticism, Narrative.
Bible. Luke, XV, 11-32. -- Criticism, Narrative.
Prodigal son (Parable)
"In the cultural context of the 1st century of our era, to write a life of Jesus -- what we call a Gospel -- constituted an apparently impossible challenge to overcome. For it was not simply a matter of being inspired by the biblical precedent, the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samson, Samuel and David from sacred writers. It was also necessary to confront the Greco-Roman genre of the biography, whose protagonists were exclusively 'great men', who enjoyed an excellent societal recognition. Yet Jesus, rejected by his coreligionists because of his death on the cross as a blasphemer and seducer of the people, could not a priori expect a biography of this genre. The synoptic Gospels have, as a consequence, reconfigured the 'biographical' genre of the era by originally using the phenomenon of the recognition. Behind the birth of the Gospel genre, there is thus the invention of a narrative model, whose focal point is the recognition of Christ in his Easter paradox. This model is the raison d'être of the narratives attributed to Matthew, Mark, and Luke."-- Provided by publisher.
Part one. The decisive role of the anagnôrisis: Introduction
Biographies at the time of the Gospels
How did the lives of Jesus come to be written?
The Gospel of Matthew
The narrative of Luke
The genre and typology in the IIIrd Gospel
Part two. The narrative analysis of two pericopae: A narrative approach to Mark 7:24-30
Narrative as theology : Luke 15:11-32.
Expanded version, in English translation, of two earlier essays: Le Christ raconté (published in a 1999 collection entitled Bible et littérature (Françoise Mies, editor)); and Quand Luc raconte (published in 1998).
The added material deals with Jesus' encounter with the Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30) and the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-172) and indexes.
Aletti, Jean Noël.
Aletti, Jean Noël.
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