This chapter examines the genre of the text of the Gospel of Mary. It shows that any attempt to specify the genre of a text too precisely may foreclose (or predetermine) interpretative possibilities in relation to a text prematurely. Hence, it may be preferable not to seek to specify the genre of a text like the Gospel of Mary too narrowly. The Gospel of Mary may have its closest parallels with other texts, sometimes called ‘revelation discourses’, or ‘dialogues’, or ‘dialogue gospels’; but in its present form, it also has some highly individual features.
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