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How the Gospels Became HistoryJesus and Mediterranean Myths$
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M. D Litwa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300242638

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300242638.001.0001

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The Gospels, Mythography, and Historiography

The Gospels, Mythography, and Historiography

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(p.1) Introduction The Gospels, Mythography, and Historiography
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How the Gospels Became History
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M. David Litwa

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242638.003.0001

The introduction defines the ancient sense of myth, explains the ancient cultural value attached to historiographical discourse, outlines historiographical tropes, defines the category of mythic historiography, and creatively applies that category to the canonical gospels.

Keywords:   Gospels, Myth, Palaephatus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Asclepiades of Myrlea, Cicero, Rationalization, Lucian of Samosata, Plutarch

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