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Narrative criticism and textual criticism

September 24, 2009

A few years ago I published an article that was aimed at developing a model for using literary critical concerns to address text-critical problems. The article in question was aimed at answering a textual problem in Mark 3:14, and while (looking back) I think my conclusion in the artice is probably wrong, I still believe a developed narrative hermeneutic can be quite helpful for addressing text-critical, and yes, other historical-critical concerns.

I am currently working on an article on the textual problem in John 1:34 (ho huios tou theou or ho eklektos tou theou) and I am attempting to apply the same methdology that appears, in embryonic form, in the previous article. Using a reasoned-eclectic approach, I think it is possible to introduce narrative evidence (specifically from a diachronic perspective) as another type of internal consideration. This is ultimately part and parcel of my belief that literary studies have the potential to help us answer, or at least re-frame, historical-critical questions. I’ll be writing more on this in the near future, but for now I am noticing that some NT scholars seem to be interested in how these two disciplines can complement each other. See here for one recent example.

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  1. September 24, 2009 5:21 pm

    Since I’m finding myself sympathetic toward the conclusion of your article on Mark 3:14 (BS 161 [2004]: 322-329), I would love it if you can explain what you would now change.

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