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Bibil Identifier bibil:216951
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Otho
Title (English, ) A Targeted Comparison of Suetonius's Biography and Tacitus's History, with Implications for the Gospels' Historical Reliability
Author Keener, Craig S.
Journal Bulletin for Biblical Research (Volume: 21, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 331-355 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract A majority of scholars today recognize that the Gospels are ancient biographies. This recognition has implications for our valuation of the information content in the Gospels. Biographies written as soon after the subject's life as the Gospels normally include substantial historical information. The biographies of the later emperors in Suetonius offer a reasonable test case. Comparing Suetonius's biography of Otho with information about Otho in Tacitus's Histories, as well as Plutarch's biographies of Galba and Otho, confirms that Suetonius, whatever his other agendas, did not invent material freely but depended heavily on preexisting historical information.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Biography
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Suetonius
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Tacitus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Plutarch
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