• "This Piece of Parchment Will Shake the World": The Mystery of Mar Saba and the Evangelical Prototype of a Secular Fiction Genre

    Author(s):
    Andrew Jacobs (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review
    Subject(s):
    Biblical studies, Popular culture, Evangelical studies, Novels, Gospels
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/exr3-5281
    Abstract:
    The 1940 evangelical novel The Mystery of Mar Saba by James H. Hunter shares with a later, secular genre of novels I call gospel thrillers a common plot (the discovery of a new gospel from the first century and a race to prove or disprove its authenticity) but also common anxieties about biblical authority mapped onto geopolitical, theological, and personal registers. I triangulate these themes with the modern professional study of the Bible, which has also produced a vulnerable yet authoritative biblical text and which has, in surprising fashion, resurrected for its own purposes The Mystery of Mar Saba.
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    Status:
    Published
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