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March 12 12The Emergence of Christian Literature The Gospel GenreWhat is a Gospel and how should we read itUntil recently gospels regarded as Sui generis unique genre with unique characteristicsof early ChristianityThis idea seems to be at odds with what gospel writers themselves thought they were goingexample from Luke 114Also in order for a reader or hearer to understand a text I must be possible at least to a certain extent to put it into some category of meaningA set of expectations to the readerallows the reader to understand what they are reading genreLiterary genre group of texts that demonstrate coherent and habitual relationship or arrangement of literary features style form content purpose or functionLiterary form Basic components or elements of the genres that give them structure The gospels didnt come out of nowhere as a totally new and unique form of literatureno one would have been able to read them if that were the caseThe gospels existed as part of literary genre they came out of a certain literary context
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