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Biblical Form Criticism in Its Context by Martin J. Buss


Biblical Form Criticism in Its Context by Martin J. Buss

This magnum opus is not another catalogue of the forms of biblical literature, but a deeply reflected account of the significance of form itself. Buss writes out of his experience in Western philosophy and the intricate involvement of biblical criticism in philosophical history. Equally, biblical criticism and the development of notions of form are related to social contexts, whether from the side of the aristocracy (tending towards generality) or of the bourgeois (tending towards particularity) or of an inclusive society (favouring a relational view). Form criticism, in Buss's conception, is no mere formal exercise, but the observation of interrelationships among thoughts and moods, linguistic regularities and the experiences and activities of life. This work, with its many examples from both Testaments, will be fundamental for Old and New Testament scholars alike.

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Martin J. Buss is Professor of Religion, Emory University, Atlanta.

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Publication date

1st February 1999


Martin J. Buss

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Sheffield Academic Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


514 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis
Philosophy of religion



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