"Cornelis Bennema has already established himself at the forefront of the study of characterization in the Gospels. He has identified the need for a comprehensive theory of characterization that is informed by both ancient and modern literary theorists. I fully expect that this book will be a milestone in the field of narrative criticism of the Gospels and Acts."
—R. Alan Culpepper
“‘Characters’ and ‘characterization’ have received considerable attention in recent biblical scholarship. What Cornelis Bennema brings to the table is a clear and well-honed theoretical framework for the study of characters in New Testament narratives. No future attempt at classifying and evaluating those characters can afford to ignore this insightful and valuable study.”
—Catrin H. Williams
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
“In this book, Cornelis Bennema provides a concise and lucid account of the central issues in character analysis. He deftly combines ancient concepts of characters with modern narrative theories and develops a detailed list of character descriptors which helps to classify every character, major or minor, in New Testament narratives. Without any doubt, this is a unique and extremely useful study which will inspire further character studies in the biblical narratives and beyond. I have been enriched in various ways by this book.”
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz