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In The New Testament and Literature, Stephen Cox offers a literary guide to the New Testament and to some of the ...
In The New Testament and Literature, Stephen Cox offers a literary guide to the New Testament and to some of the classic works of Christian literature that have followed it. He identifies what he calls the New Testament's DNA, and shows how that DNA is replicated in works by such varied authors as John Donne, Rudyard Kipling, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, James Baldwin, D.H. Lawrence, William Faulkner, Martin Luther King, and C.S. Lewis.
Professor Cox begins with fundamental questions of the origin and nature of the New Testament, identifies its literary genres, and shows how its basic literary patterns unite specific ideas with specific techniques. So pervasively influential has the New Testament been within English-speaking culture that even works by anti-Christian authors or writers whose orientation to Christianity is ambiguous persistently replicate the New Testament's literary patterns.
|Part I||The Patterns Identified||1|
|1||"The Most Difficult Book in the World"?||3|
|2||The DNA of the New Testament||21|
|3||The Gospel of Luke||47|
|4||The Gospel of John||65|
|5||Making a Church||82|
|6||Paul the Thinker||101|
|7||Paul the Leader||118|
|8||The Art of Revelation||136|
|Part II||The Patterns Renewed||155|
|9||Early and Late||157|
|10||Revive Us Again||175|
|11||The Christian Life||197|
|12||A Tradition of Individualism||218|
|13||The Glory Part||236|
|The Dream of the Rood||325|
|Two Holy Sonnets||329|
|The Pilgrim's Progress||331|
|Hymns and Gospel Songs||341|
|General William Booth Enters into Heaven||349|