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Bibil Identifier bibil:219744
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Fictionalizing Jesus: Story and History in Two Recent Jesus Novels
Author Crook, Zeba
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 5, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 33-55 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract From canonical and extra-canonical gospels to the modern phenomenon of the `Jesus novel', people have been fictionalizing Jesus by filling in gaps in the historical and narrative record. This essay inaugurates a field of inquiry by contrasting two recent novels, Norman Mailer's The Gospel According to the Son (1997) and Nino Ricci's Testament (2002). In particular it examines how each of the novels depicts the role and character of Judas Iscariot, the question of Jesus' performance of miracles, as well as how each novel depicts Jesus. In all, the remarkable historical plausibility of these novels, or parts of them, raises the very interesting issue of the relationship between story and history, between fiction and history.
DOI 10.1177/1476869006074935
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Historiography
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Comprehensive Studies
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Narrative
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Judas Iscariot
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Literature
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