I’ve blogged before about recent articles about these Greco-Roman genres. In this episode of the podcast I look at two familiar episodes in the life of Jesus: the incident where he walks on the water and his disciples think they are seeing a ghost, and his appearances to the disciples after his resurrection. It may sound surprising, but the ancient world of which the NT was part actually had many stories about ghosts and what scholars call post-mortem appearances of the dead. New Testament scholars have investigated how the New Testament writers both utilized and subverted these genres in their attempts to communicate what it was they experienced and believed about Jesus.
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Loved this episode. The Greco-Roman genre context makes the “walking on water” account so much richer.
thanks; I’ll get to another one this week.