For it was not simply a matter of being inspired by the biblical precedent, the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph ... This is true of the traditional material used in the synoptic gospels. John draws on this, and he probably made some use of the synoptic gospels, from which he takes a number of sayings and stories.
92, bold emphasis mine) Bultmann had a far more nuanced understanding of the origins of John's gospel than Talbert imagines. This is an illustration I created based mainly on Burridge to show the history of interpretation of the genre of the Gospels. "Gospels as Biographies" - the Prevailing View Until the 1900's. Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Eastern Seminary writes, "Through most of history, readers understood the Gospels as biographies, but after 1915 scholars tried to find some other classification for them, mainly because these scholars confused ancient and modern biography and noticed that the Gospels differed ... Here are some facts about the Gospels: 1.