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Archetypes and the Fourth Gospel

Literature and Theology in Conversation

Archetypes and the Fourth Gospel

Literature and Theology in Conversation

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567692894
Number of Pages: 232
Published: 26/12/2019
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Employing Northrop Frye's system of archetypal literary criticism - the use of romance, tragedy, irony and satire, and comedy - Brian Larsen offers a compelling summary of the essential governing framework and means of exchange between literature and theology. Characters in the Fourth Gospel are examined through a specific archetype, and, reciprocally, these characters illuminate and inform important theological aspects of their respective archetypes: Jesus and romance (hero story); Pilate and tragedy; the Jews and Thomas and irony; and Peter and comedy. This volume further clarifies the understanding of Frye's archetypesand identifies the key variable between each one: the relationship between (1) a belief or ideal and (2) experience or reality. Helping to advance dialogue between literature, biblical studies and theology, and providing insightful readings for a number of Fourth Gospel characters and texts, Larsen's examination will appeal to those seeking a new perspective on the themes of the New Testament or those seeking theological insights into literature.

Brian Larsen (Simpson University, USA)

Brian Larsen is Associate Professor of English at Simpson University, USA.

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