Whitney Shiner, “Creating Plot in Episodic Narratives: The Life of Aesop and the Gospel of Mark”


Screenshot 2015-11-19 at 10.29.53 AMIn my last post I discussed Lawrence Wills’ comparison of the Gospels’ literary genre to the Life of Aesop, as a hybrid of ancient novel and biography, in The Quest of the Historical GospelIn this followup post, I will also discuss Whitney Shiner’s comparison of the Life of Aesop to the Gospel of Mark in Ancient Fiction and Early Christian Narrative. The same book also includes an article by Richard Pervo–titled “A Nihilist Fabula: Introducing the Life of Aesop“–which (as the title suggests) likewise discusses the Life of Aesop, and so I will discuss a few points of Pervo’s contribution, as well.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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