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The Intertextuality of the Epistles
Explorations of Theory and Practice
Edited by Thomas L. Brodie, Dennis R. MacDonald, Stanley E. Porter
The international conference held in Limerick, Ireland, in May 2005 produced far more than the usual collection of loosely related papers. Rather, this volume from the 17 contributors demarcates and organizes a whole field, serving as an indispensable introduction to intertextuality in general, and as an original examination of the topic in relation to the New Testament epistles.
Thomas L. Brodie, Dennis R. MacDonald and Stanley E. Porter
Introduction: Tracing the Development of the Epistles: The Potential and the Problem
PART I. ASPECTS OF THEORY, PRACTICE AND RELATED RESEARCH
Intertextuality: Between Literary Theory and Text Analysis
Intertextuality, Historical Criticism and Deconstruction
Biblical Studies and Intertextuality: Should the Work of Genette and Eco Broaden our Horizons?
Josephus and Greek Poets
Elusive Allusions in the Apocalypse: Two Decades of Research into John's Use of the Old Testament
PART II. FROM THE OT TO THE EPISTLES
Thomas L. Brodie
The Triple Intertextuality of the Epistles. Introduction
Triple Intertextuality in Philippians
Stanley E. Porter
Further Comments on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament
PART III. FROM EPISTLE TO EPISTLE
The Fictitious Self-Exposition of Paul: How Might Intertextual Theory Suggest a Reformulation of the Hermeneutics of Pseudepigraphy?
2 Thessalonians as Pseudepigraphic Reading Instruction for 1 Thessalonians: Methodological Implications and Exemplary Illustration of an Intertextual Concept
J. Michael Gilchrist
Intertextuality and the Pseudonymity of 2 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians among the Pauline Letters: Tracing the Literary Links between 2 Thessalonians and Other Pauline Epistles
David J. Clark
Structural Similarities in 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Comparative Discourse Anatomy
IV. FROM EPISTLE TO NARRATIVE (GOSPEL/ACTS)
Dennis R. MacDonald
A Categorization of Antetextuality in the Gospels and Acts: A Case For Luke's Imitation of Plato and Xenophon to Depict Paul as a Christian Socrates
Possible Literary Links between Luke-Acts and Pauline Letters Regarding Spirit-Language
Reading Galatians with and without the Book of Acts
A Better Class of Enemy: Opposition and Dependence in the Johannine Writings
Thomas L. Brodie, Dennis R. MacDonald, Stanley E. Porter
Problems Of Method: Suggested Guidelines
Thomas L. Brodie is author of 'The Birthing of the New Testament' and 'The Crucial Bridge'. His other writings include commentaries on Genesis and John.
Dennis R. MacDonald is Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.
Stanley E. Porter is President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament, at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario.
These essays herald a promising new approach. In particular, MacDonald, Leppa, and especially Sommer signal a growing willingness to reimagine Christian origins in dramatically new ways. New Testament study will surely benefit if in future conferences and publications the methodological kinks can be ironed out—and if the results of such efforts are as bold and thought-provoking as some of this volume’s contributions. Barry S. Crawford, Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
An idea clearly emerging after reading this valuable volume is the importance of the intertextual perspective. Intertextuality reveals to what deep degree our understanding of texts is determined by later texts, precisely through the device of intertextual links … [T]he intertextual perspective invites scholars to reflect upon the incalculable amount of eisegesis involved in any examination of literary products, which creates a network of foreknowledge and preconceptions marking our exegesis.
Korinna Zamfir, Review of Biblical Literature