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Why Bios? On the Relationship Between Gospel Genre and Implied Audience
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Table of Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABBREVIATIONS 1. ASSESSING THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN GOSPEL GENRE AND AUDIENCE 2. PROPOSING A NEW TYPOLOGY FOR GRAECO-ROMAN BIOGRAPHY: GENRE, SUB-GENRE AND QUESTIONS OF AUDIENCE 3. CRAFTING AUTHORITY IN THE PATRISTIC REFERENCES TO GOSPEL ORIGINS: AUTHORITATIVE PEOPLE, AUTHORITATIVE PLACES AND AUTHORITATIVE GOSPELS 4. AVOIDING CROSS-GENERIC COMPARISONS: THE ROLE OF GENRE IN ASSESSING AUDIENCE IN NON-CANONICAL AND CANONICAL GOSPELS 5. DEFINING GOSPEL AUDIENCES: GOSPEL COMMUNITIES, GOSPEL AUDIENCES AND 'FOCUSED' B??? 6. ENVISAGING GOSPEL AUDIENCES IN SPACE AND TIME: 'CONTEMPORARY' B??? AND THE GOSPELS FOR 'ALL NATIONS' 7. CONCLUSION APPENDICES: INTRODUCTION BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Justin M. Smith challenges the consensus that the gospels were written for individual communities by evaluating whether the biography genre was intended to reach the largest possible audience.

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Justin M. Smith is Assistant Professor in the Religion and Philosophy department at Azusa Pacific University, USA.

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