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Bibil Identifier bibil:218061
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Authorial Intent and Historical Reporting
Title (English, ) Putting Spong's Literalization Thesis to the Test
Author Powell, Mark A.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 1, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2003
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2003
Year (Copyright) 2003
Year (Reference) 2003
Language English
Pages 225-249 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract John Shelby Spong's thesis that a post-canonical process of literalization caused episodes in the Gospels to be misunderstood as historical narratives when they had been intended by their authors and received by their original readers as purely metaphorical tales does not hold up to the scrutiny of either literary or historical analysis. It is also theologically unnecessary, motivated apparently by a drive to legitimate a reading of the texts that is better obtained through a recognition of the hermeneutical limits of authorial intent, an appreciation for polyvalence, and an adoption of postmodern reading strategies.
DOI 10.1177/147686900300100206
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Metaphor
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Narrative
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