I have been reading a great doctoral dissertation from T.C Gray entitled ‘Jesus and the Temple’. In a chapter examining the eschatological discourse in Mark 13 he offers a illustration about the differences between narrative and source/redcation criticism. I like it, here it is.
‘Here the approach to the text can be likened to examining an oriental rug. The source and redaction critics look at the underside of the rug to find seams and places where different sources are threaded together, wheras the narrative critic looks at the other side of the rug to discern the patterns and unity that have been woven out of the different sources’ page 160
Does anyone have any book suggestions for those seeking to explore narrative criticism in the gospels?