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Understanding Origen: The Genre(s) of the Gospels in Light of Ancient Greek Philology and Modern Genre Theory
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Old and New Testament Exegesis, New Testament Exegesis.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2203-7977
2016 (English)In: Scrinium, ISSN 1817-7530, E-ISSN 1817-7565, Vol. 12, no 1, 181-214 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The reflections of Origen of Alexandria (ca. 185–254 CE) concerning the nature of the New Testament Gospels may be better understood if viewed in relation to a scheme of standard introductory questions used by ancient Greek philologists in their commentaries on classical Greek literature. While this scheme did not include questions about the form or genre of the writings to be analyzed, Origen repeatedly added such reflections when he adapted the scheme in his commentaries on biblical writings. These reflections inform us of his expectations of the Gospels. Using a modern concept of genre as a system of expectations shared between author and reader, and frequently intended to shape the worldview of the readers, Origen’s views of the nature of the Gospels can be expressed as their simultaneous participation in two genres: Christian teaching and ancient historiography.

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2016. Vol. 12, no 1, 181-214 p.
Keyword [en]
Origen of Alexandria, exegetical methodology, Greek philology, genre, gospel, ancient historiography
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Religious Studies
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New Testament Exegesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317857DOI: 10.1163/18177565-00121p11OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317857DiVA: diva2:1083254
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2017-03-20

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