Its clarity, its expertly executed form criticism
, its scholarly sensitivity to different authors and different historical periods, and its value for ecclesial as well as academic communities explains why, more than 50 years since its original publication, it has been reissued and remains dominant.
In sections on redaction criticism in a new key, the early church and ancient spiritual life, and giving back to the larger academic world, he discusses such matters as the Bible of international business, the positioning of good news, the three Marys and Mithra, the rich fool and Epicureanism, form criticism
and native ecology, and parables within the framework of recovery.
Furio Bmgnolo's "Grammarica ed eufonia nei Rvf" closely examines how variant grammatical and morphological forms in Petrarch's manuscripts create harmonic and musical effects undetected in previous form criticism
The emphasis of FOTL series is on form criticism
Written by Ben Witherington III (Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary), 1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary is a full-scale discussion of Paul's two letters to the Thessalonians, applying a socio-rhetorical approach specifically to examine aspects that might remain hidden using only form criticism
, epistolary categories, or traditional criticism.
Among the perceived enemies of orthodoxy were Kantian philosophy, form criticism
, separation of church and state in France, and even state-sponsored solutions to poverty.
He said: "When some players are not on good form criticism
can be good for them.
The author thinks that form criticism
marks the end of the quest.
dismisses form criticism
while adopting the thesis that the Gospels contain eyewitness testimony in order to argue that Jesus was "conscious of possessing a glorified, pre-existent relationship with God" (98).
The discussion of form criticism
is brief and rather traditional.
For example, Kirk and Thatcher ("Jesus Tradition as Social Memory") take to task the form criticism
of Bultmann precisely because it isolates "memory" (a storage bin of historical data) and "tradition" (oral "forms" and gospel productions generated by the social contexts of early Christianity) in order to "extract kernels of memory from the husks of traditions" (p.
Contributors address penitential prayer with the context of the Second Temple era, the state of scholarship, confession as a theological expression, the socio-ideological setting or settings for penitential prayers, priestly performance as speech act, lament in Trito-Isaiah's penitential prayer and within Jeremiah and Joel, the concept of guilt in Isaiah, the literary lament of Ezra 9:6-15, and the contributions of form criticism