Last year at ETS, one of the best papers I heard was by Zach Dawson on genre with a view to challenging Richard Burridge’s view of genre in relation to Gospels.
Anyway, Zach’s paper is now published at the on-line journal Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics with open access.
Wave - Research - 1970s - Richard - Burridge
A wave of research that began in the late 1970s and culminated with Richard Burridge’s What Are the Gospels? in 1992 effectively established the consensus that the Gospels are to be classified as ancient βίοι. In this article, I respond to Burridge’s work to demonstrate that his approach to genre is problematic in several ways, which calls the foundation of the current consensus into question. Following this ground clearing exercise, I articulate a way forward in how to...