Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cor Bennema's New Book On Character in the NT

I am very pleased and excited that my good friend, Cornelis Bennema, Senior Lecturer at Wales Evangelical School of Theology, is producing the first full-scale treatment of character study in the New Testament. Cor notified me in an email that his A Theory of Character in New Testament Narrative is now out!

I look forward to reading this sure to be valuable work and interviewing Cor about it in the near future.

Here is a description of the work:

"In this study in three-dimensional character reconstruction, Cornelis Bennema presents a new theory of character in the New Testament literature. Although character has been the subject of focused literary-critical study of the New Testament since the 1970s, Bennema observes that there is still no consensus regarding how character should be understood in contemporary literary theory or in biblical studies. Many New Testament scholars seem to presume that characters in Greco-Roman literature are two-dimensional, “Aristotelian” figures, unlike the well-rounded, psychologized individuals who appear in modern fiction. They continue nevertheless to apply contemporary literary theory to characters in ancient writings. Bennema here offers a full, comprehensive, and non-reductionist theory for the analysis, classification, and evaluation of characters in the New Testament."

On can access samples of this work here.

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