Early twentieth-century Form Criticism
(structural study of literary units) raised questions about the nature, origin, and transmission of the Synoptic Gospels.
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
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.
This approach is, at least in part, a response to the tendency of source and form criticism
to break the texts into small and often disparate units.
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.
bids us seek a setting in church life for each bit of Gospel material, and here I suggest we have the text of a vow of abstinence from wine made by each baptized Christian, at least within the more ascetical branches of early Christianity.
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.
But Dr Meadors is deeply unhappy about form criticism
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).