Introduction: towards a cognitive theory of New Testament characters : methodology, problems, and desiderata
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This Introduction provides an overview of a cognitive-narratological approach to characters and characterization in New Testament narratives. We begin by comparing conventional and cognitive approaches to New Testament characters and characterization, and delineating a practical methodology designed to sensitize readers to a variety of interpretative possibilities that arise from the cognitive turn within narratology. Afterwards, we apply that methodology in three ways. First, we acquaint readers with the prospect of tracing characters within one New Testament narrative. Then, we hint at the analysis of character migration, that is, a character’s development across more than one narrative. Finally, we provide insight into the analysis of character emotions and the readers’ empathy with characters. To illustrate these aspects, we focus on examples from the Gospel of Mark.
Rüggemeier , J & Shively , E E 2021 , ' Introduction: towards a cognitive theory of New Testament characters : methodology, problems, and desiderata ' , Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches , vol. 29 , no. 4-5 , pp. 403-429 . https://doi.org/10.1163/15685152-29040001
Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches
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