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Tania Oldenhage

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019515052X.001.0001

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John Dominic Crossan and the Literary Turn in Biblical Studies

John Dominic Crossan and the Literary Turn in Biblical Studies

(p.73) 7 John Dominic Crossan and the Literary Turn in Biblical Studies
Parables for Our Time

Tania Oldenhage (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Moving to the U.S. in the 1970s, Oldenhage discusses the ways in which biblical scholars in America challenged the assumptions of historical criticism and proposed a literary turn in biblical studies. Informed by literary criticism, these scholars started to take seriously the form and language of the parables and turned them from ancient artifacts into artful literature. The focus of the chapter lies on the work of John Dominic Crossan, who in the 1970s was arguably the most influential proponent of a literary approach to the parables. Oldenhage outlines Crossan's hermeneutics by emphasizing his creative engagements with postmodernism as well as his continuing interest in the first historical context of the parables of Jesus.

Keywords:   hermeneutics, historical criticism, John Dominic Crossan, literary criticism, parables of Jesus, postmodernism

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