The New Testament As Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | November 15, 2008

EditorKyle Keefer

not yet rated|write a review
The words, phrases, and stories of the New Testament permeate the English language. Indeed, this relatively small group of twenty-seven works, written during the height of the Roman Empire, not only helped create and sustain a vast world religion, but also have been integral to the largercultural dynamics of the West, above and beyond particular religious expressions. Looking at the New Testament through the lens of literary study, Kyle Keefer offers an engrossing exploration of this revered religious text as a work of literature, but also keeps in focus its theological ramifications. Unique among books that examine the Bible as literature, thisbrilliantly compact introduction offers an intriguing double-edged look at this universal text--a religiously informed literary analysis. The book first explores the major sections of the New Testament--the gospels, Paul's letters, and Revelation--as individual literary documents. Keefer shows how,in such familiar stories as the parable of the Good Samaritan, a literary analysis can uncover an unexpected complexity to what seems a simple, straightforward tale. At the conclusion of the book, Keefer steps back and asks questions about the New Testament as a whole. He reveals that whether readas a single document or as a collection of works, the New Testament presents readers with a wide variety of forms and viewpoints, and a literary exploration helps bring this richness to light. A fascinating investigation of the New Testament as a classic literary work, this Very Short Introduction uses a literary framework--plot, character, narrative arc, genre--to illuminate the language, structure, and the crafting of this venerable text.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$11.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

The words, phrases, and stories of the New Testament permeate the English language. Indeed, this relatively small group of twenty-seven works, written during the height of the Roman Empire, not only helped create and sustain a vast world religion, but also have been integral to the largercultural dynamics of the West, above and beyond ...

Kyle Keefer is Assistant Professor of Religion at Converse College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

other books by Kyle Keefer

The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction
The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduct...

Kobo ebook|Oct 24 2008

$6.19 online$7.99list price(save 22%)
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.7 × 4.3 × 0.6 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195300203

ISBN - 13:9780195300208

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The New Testament As Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Reviews