The great twentieth-century form critic
Hermann Gunkel famously asserted, "Urzeit ist Endzeit"--the beginning of all things and the end of all things are one.
In this revisionist biblical analysis, Ehrman resuscitates the controversial form critics
, who established the argument that the Gospels are not direct recordings of eyewitness testimony but retellings of stories that were exchanged, and thereby reinvented, among members of the Christian community of their time.
tended to identify and accentuate the similarities between texts but neglected textual uniqueness; rhetorical critics attempted to compensate for this problem by attending carefully to the details and structures of each individual text.
too should find the book of interest, as the respective Sitze im Leben of the Q materials are considered.
Bell has confidence in his colt's chances of upholding the Derby form at a time of year when form critics
traditionally find flaws in the race.
Henaut criticizes the sloppy manner in which the hypothesis of 'oral tradition' has been used in gospel studies, beginning with the form critics
, to explain discrepancies among parallel texts and, especially, to work back to an 'oral phase' of transmission, ostensibly closer to the historical Jesus than written traditions.