Download PDF by Jennifer Stevens: The Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination, 1860–1920

By Jennifer Stevens

ISBN-10: 1846314704

ISBN-13: 9781846314704

Fictional reconstructions of the Gospels proceed to discover a spot in modern literature and the preferred mind's eye. Present-day writers of recent Testament–based fiction are thought of to be a part of a practice shaped within the mid-to-late 20th century. but the principles have been laid previous nonetheless by means of writers like Oscar Wilde, George Moore, and Marie Corelli who, in flip, drew impact from different works of biblical scholarship. the newest within the English organization Monographs sequence, The ancient Jesus and the Literary mind's eye paints a powerful photograph of the connection among nineteenth-century biblical scholarship and literary works that increases fascinating questions for students operating on the intersection of literature and theology.  

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Dent, 1896), p. ix. 56 Quoted from a note published in Shakespeare: The Sonnets – A Casebook, ed. Peter Jones (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1977), p. 41. 57 Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-worship and the Heroic in History (London: James Fraser, 1841), pp. 179, 181. 58 Charles Wordsworth, Shakespeare’s Knowledge and Use of the Bible (London: Smith, Elder, 1864), pp. 2, 6. 59 ‘The Irreligion of Shakespeare’, p. 15. 60 Doris Lessing, writing in the Introduction to Ecclesiastes (London: Canongate, 1998), p.

37 Matthew Arnold, Literature and Dogma, in Complete Prose Works, VI, p. 152. 38 Matthew Arnold, God and the Bible, in Complete Prose Works, VII, p. 375. 39 Essays and Reviews, p. 405. 40 Arnold, Literature and Dogma, in Complete Prose Works, VI, p. 363. 41 Henry Dunn, Facts, Not Fairy Tales. Brief Notes on Mr Matthew Arnold’s “Literature and Dogma” (London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1873), p. 25. 32 the historical jesus and the literary imagination 42 Essays and Reviews, p. 405. 43 Dunn, Facts, Not Fairy Tales, p.

And no less atmospheric is his lyrical description of Galilee which, with its shifts from the past simple to the present historic tense, takes the reader on a journey back in time, offering a form of literary escapism to keep the harsher elements of unbelief at bay: Galilee […] was a very green, shady, smiling district, the true home of the Song of Songs, and the songs of the well-beloved. During the two months of March and April the country forms a carpet of flowers of an incomparable variety of colours.

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