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Narrative -- Gospel

Outline

Gospel
Prologue
Narratives
         Infancy Narrative

Pronouncement Story

         Miracle Story
Exorcisms
Healings of Diseases
Nature Miracles
          Hero Story
Sayings Materials
          Logia
         Parables
Passion Narrative (Passio Jesu)

 

GUIDELINES FOR EXEGETING
the Literary Forms

Consider relevant concerns for each subgroup in the larger genre categories.
GOSPEL:

Prologue:

Pronouncement Story Parables Sayings Miracle Stories Passion Narrative Apocalyptic Encounters ACTS:
For a listing of the texts in Acts linked to the appropriate genre, click here.
Episodic Narrative
The Narrative Paradigm

                   TEXT                             CONTEXT
              Textual Message=                 Contextual message=
              Narrative World                  Experience & Imagination
                   Events
MESSAGE            Existence
                   Sequence
                   Structure
                   Time
                   Space

              Textual means=                   Contextual Means=
              Narration                        Creation & Reading
                   Narrator                         Real Author
                   Narrative Audience               Implied Author
                   Language                         Real Audience
MEANS              Style                            Implied Audience
                   Situations
                        Presence
                        Voice
                        Perspective


Narratives

                   TEXT                        CONTEXT
MESSAGES           Textual messages            Contextual messages
MEANS              Textual means=              Contextual means=


Narrative Analysis and Interpretation

                   TEXTS?                      CONTEXTS?
MESSAGES?          Textual messages            Contextual messages
MEANS?             Textual means=              Contextual means=



It is particulary important to remember that time is compressed in this genre and that events may be telescoped, perhaps giving a false impression of chronological proximity on a cursory reading. It is also instructive to note the present of literary "echoes" of earlier material, which have the rhetorical effect of bringing earlier narratives to mind and of associating them with the present pericope.