Friday, October 24, 2008

Literary Criticism and the New Testament

I need a book suggestion on literary criticism and the NT. Is there any book that is the book on this right now?


Hypatia said...

One of my supervisors, Prof. David Parker, has just brought out 'An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts' (ISBN-10: 0521719895
ISBN-13: 978-0521719896 Cambridge University Press 2008) which largely supercedes Bruce Metzger's 'The Text of the New Testament', but I'm guessing that this is not quite literary enough....?

Matthew D. Montonini said...


Maybe give this a try: (



mike said...

Josh: on literary criticism, you might want to look at I don't know of any "definitive" work. But David deSilva's Introduction to the New Testament gives this bibliography on the subject:

Beardslee, William. A. Literary Criticism of the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1969.

Booth, William C. The Rhetoric of Fiction. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1983.

Culpepper, R. Alan. Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983.

Kingsbury, Jack D. Matthew as Story. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1988.

Kurz, William S. Reading Luke-Acts: Dynamics of Biblical Narrative. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 1993.

Moore, Stephen D. Literary Criticism and the Gospels: The Theoretical Challenge. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1989.

O’Day, Gail R. Revelation in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Mode and Theological Claim. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986.

Powell, Mark Allan. What Is Narrative Criticism? Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990.

Rhoads, David, and Donald Michie. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1982.

Staley, John L. The Print’s First Kiss: A Rhetorical Investigation of the Implied Reader in the Fourth Gospel. SBLDS 82. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988.

Stibbe, M. W. G. John as Storyteller: Narrative Criticism and the Fourth Gospel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

I've enjoyed, personally, the "What is..." series from Fortress press for introductions, though I haven't looked at this particular one by Powell.

andrewbourne said...

You may want to try Stephen Moore`s Mark and method which has a lot re Literary Criticism and Culpepper on John is useful.

joeyGibson said...

I really enjoyed The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (4th Edition), by Bruce Metzger. The 4th edition has been updated by Bart Ehrman. I know that Ehrman likes to over hype differences in the NT manuscripts, but his book Misquoting Jesus is what got me interested in NT TC in the first place.