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From Text to Performance: Narrative and Performance Criticisms in Dialogue and Debate
Iverson, Kelly R., editor

Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2014 pp. xv + 224. £17.50

Series Information
Biblical Performance Criticism, 10


Description: For the last two centuries biblical interpretation has been guided by perspectives that have largely ignored the oral context in which the gospels took shape. Only recently have scholars begun to explore how ancient media inform the interpretive process and an understanding of the Bible. This collection of essays, by authors who recognize that the Jesus tradition was a story heard and performed, seeks to reevaluate the constituent elements of narrative, including characters, structure, narrator, time, and intertextuality. In dialogue with traditional literary approaches, these essays demonstrate that an appreciation of performance yields fresh insights distinguishable in many respects from results of literary or narrative readings of the gospels.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Danny Yencich
Published 11/1/2018
Citation: Danny Yencich, review of Kelly R. Iverson, ed., From Text to Performance: Narrative and Performance Criticisms in Dialogue and Debate, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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