New Testament and Literature: A Guide to Literary Patterns

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The New Testament may be the most influential book of all time, from both a religious and a literary standpoint. But while the New Testament's impact upon people's religious beliefs and practices has been analyzed-and continues to be analyzed-at enormous length and in intricate detail, amazingly little has been written about the New Testament's impact as literature.

In The New Testament and Literature, Stephen Cox offers a literary guide to the New Testament and to some of the ...

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Overview

The New Testament may be the most influential book of all time, from both a religious and a literary standpoint. But while the New Testament's impact upon people's religious beliefs and practices has been analyzed-and continues to be analyzed-at enormous length and in intricate detail, amazingly little has been written about the New Testament's impact as literature.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812695915
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
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
14 Scornful Wonder 251
15 Keeping Watch 275
16 Difficult-and Easy 300
Part III Texts 323
The Dream of the Rood 325
Two Holy Sonnets 329
The Collar 330
The Pilgrim's Progress 331
Hymns and Gospel Songs 341
General William Booth Enters into Heaven 349
The Gardener 352
Notes 363
Scripture Index 385
General Index 391
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