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What are the Gospels?


What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graceo-Roman Biography is the published version of the Dean's doctoral thesis. 

The book compares the work of the Christian evangelists with that of Graeco-Roman biographers. Drawing on insights from literary theory, he demonstrates that the widespread view of the Gospels as unique is false and discusses what a properly "biographical" perspective means for Gospel interpretation. The second edition includes a newfinal chapter detailing the recent paradigm shift in Gospel scholarship and an appendix on the absence of comparable early Jewish biographies.

Read a paper written by Professor Steve Walton, St Mary's University - 'What Are the Gospels? Richard Burridge's Impact on Scholarly Understanding of the Genre of the Gospels'.


Biblical Interpretation

'Burridge's book is the most comprehensive and lucid discussion of the genre of the Gospels yet undertaken...  This is a book that students of the Gospels cannot afford to avoid...  It is a truly astonishing tour de force - interdisciplinary biblical scholarship at its very best.'

Journal of Biblical Literature

'This volume ought to end any legitimate denials of the canonical Gospels' biographical character.  It has made its case.' 

You can find further reviews of What are the Gospels? on the Eerdmans webpages here.

A number of the Dean's books are also available to purchase directly from the Office of the Dean on the Strand Campus - please contact the Dean to make an enquiry.

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