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Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition
Eve, Eric

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014 pp. xiv + 206. $29.00


Description: New Testament scholars often talk about “oral tradition” as a means by which material about Jesus reached the writers of the Gospels; but despite the recent flowering of interest in oral tradition, the study of memory, and the role of eye-witnesses, the latest scholarly advances have yet to fully penetrate the mainstream of academic Gospels scholarship, let alone the wider public. There is no convenient book-length treatment that can be used by students, or indeed by anyone else wishing to be informed about this crucial topic. Behind the Gospels fills this gap, both by offering a general theoretical discussion of the nature of oral tradition and the formation of ancient texts, and by providing a critical survey of the field, from classical form-criticism down to the present day.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches

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Review by Werner H. Kelber
Published 9/9/2015
Citation: Werner H. Kelber, review of Eric Eve, Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Jonathan M. Potter
Published 10/23/2016
Citation: Jonathan M. Potter, review of Eric Eve, Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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