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Literature, Biblical and Early Christian
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1. OT

1.1. Task

Viewing the OT as literature means engaging in critical literary analysis (Exegesis, Biblical) of the individual books. There is then an attempt to achieve a synthetic picture of the development of the entire literature of Israel from its early beginnings to the age of the Maccabees. This study will also take account of Israel’s life settings. First, however, this endeavor must survey the forms and genres of the preliterary tradition.

1.2. History of Research

H. Gunkel (1862–1932) initiated this kind of study, at…

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Schmitt, Hans-Christoph, Paulsen, Henning and May, Gerhard, “Literature, Biblical and Early Christian”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_L397>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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