Literary Forms In The New Testament / Edition 1

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In this useful and accessible book, James Bailey and Lyle Vander Broek discuss the literary and rhetorical forms found in the New Testament. The authors offer definitions and examples of these forms while also helping the reader appreciate the significance of their use for the task of biblical interpretation. This highly readable book will benefit college and seminary students, ministers, and anyone interested in biblical analysis and interpretation.

"The authors give the reader an up-to-date, comprehensive view of forms in the New Testament that is rivalled by no other book available to readers of English."--Vernon K. Robbins, Emory University.

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Two seminary teachers introduce to incoming students the specific literary forms that appear in the New Testament. Each article defines a common literary form, gives numerous examples, suggests ways in which knowledge of the form is helpful in interpretation, and offers an annotated bibliogrpahy for the specific form discussed. There is an exegetical emphasis throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664251543
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 845,140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Bailey is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

Lyle D. Vander Broek is Professor of New Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11
The Pauline Tradition 21
The Pauline Letter 23
Forms of Argumentation 31
The Diatribe 38
Midrash 42
Chiasm 49
Apocalyptic Language and Forms 54
Paraenesis/Topoi 62
Vice and Virtue Lists 65
The Household Code 68
Liturgical Fragments: Blessings and Doxologies 72
Poetry and Hymn 76
Creeds 83
The Gospels and Acts 89
Gospel 91
Aphorism 98
Parable 105
Pronouncement Story 114
Apocalyptic Language and Forms 122
Forms of Argumentation 129
Miracle Story 137
Commissioning Story 144
Stories About Jesus 147
Midrash 156
Hymn 161
Speech (Acts) 166
Johannine Discourse 172
Chiasm 178
Genealogy 183
Other New Testament Writings 189
The Sermon: Hebrews 191
Topoi and Admonitions: James 195
General Letters: James; 1, 2 Peter; Jude 199
Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation 201
Index of Scripture References 211
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