Conclusion: The New Testament and the Literary Critic

  • David Jasper


I should not wish the word ‘conclusion’ to imply that I am to offer a trim and neatly packaged argument or system to enable you more effectively to resolve the problems and riddles of the New Testament. My own experience is that these writings have an endless ability to slip out of our grasp, leading us often further than we may wish to go, pointing us beyond the precisions of any organised conclusions. Yet they are not, for all that, imprecise or purely subjective.


Literary Critic Organise Conclusion Literary Imagination Religious Language Christian Doctrine 
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Reading List

  1. George Watson, The Literary Critics (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1964).Google Scholar
  2. *Michael Wadsworth (ed.) Ways of Reading the Bible (Brighton: Harvester, 1981).Google Scholar
  3. *John A. T. Robinson, Can We Trust the New Testament? (London and Oxford: Mowbrays, 1977).Google Scholar
  4. Maurice Wiles, Faith and the Mystery of God (London: SCM, 1982).Google Scholar
  5. Amos N. Wilder, Early Christian Rhetoric (London: SCM, 1964).Google Scholar
  6. Amos N. Wilder, JesusParables and the War of Myths, ed. James Breech (London: SPCK, 1982).Google Scholar
  7. Sir Edwyn Hoskyns and Noel Davey, The Riddle of the New Testament (London: Faber & Faber, 1931).Google Scholar

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© David Jasper 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Jasper
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  1. 1.Hatfield CollegeDurhamUK

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