An Introduction to the Johannine Gospel and Letters (T&t Clark Approaches To Biblical Studies Series)
This accessible guide to the Gospel and letters of John introduces readers to some of the key issues arising from historical, literary, ideological and theological approaches to the Johannine literature. After a brief introduction outlining role of John in history,...
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This accessible guide to the Gospel and letters of John introduces readers to some of the key issues arising from historical, literary, ideological and theological approaches to the Johannine literature. After a brief introduction outlining role of John in history, Jan Van der Watt goes on to examine historical approaches to the texts, considering various theories about the origins of the material and the notion of a distinct Johannine community. Next he outlines literary approaches, including narrative readings of the Gospel, stylistic considerations and various figurative or symbolic readings. There is also an examination of two major ideological approaches: feminist and third world readings. The chapter on theological approaches considers the role and function of this body of literature as Scripture, showing how the diverse approaches discussed in the book can be appropriated. The book also offers a guide to some of the key texts and commentaries in use today and thus forms an ideal foundation for more detailed study in the future.
This accessible guide to the Gospel and Letters of John introduces readers to key issues arising from historical, literary, and theological approaches to the Johannine literature, also discussing the methodological rationale underlying each of these approaches. After introducing the reader to the development of the narrative structure of the book, the message (theology) is discussed in detail, with the aim of introducing the reader to the interrelatedness of the multiple theological ideas in this Gospel. Similarities, but also differences between the Gospel and Letters are constantly considered. Familiar with the content of the Gospel, readers are then confronted with questions about the origin, development and socio-cultural nature of the Gospel and letters. In each case the scholarly field is briefly reviewed and major solutions are discussed. Thorough discussions on different issues are presented in different chapters, each time referring to the relevant methodological approaches. How do the Gospel and Letters relate to the synoptics, or the Old Testament? Do we have a Gospel composed of multiple sources or is it a seamless document. How was this influential document written and where do the ideas found in the Gospel come from? Since the aim of this book is to form a solid and comprehensive basis for future study of the Johannine literature, readers are placed firmly within the scholarly currents and streams of the Johannine literature. In terms of a metaphor: after reading the book, explorers will know what is out there and why. Now they can start to dig deeper for themselves without feeling lost in an uncharted land.
Jan van der Watt holds a DD in New Testament and a DLitt in Greek, and is professor and head of the Department of New Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He is the author of Family of the King: Dynamics of Metaphor in the Gospel According to John and Introduction to the Johannine Gospel And Letters(T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies) as well as of numerous other books and articles. He is currently the General Editor of Review of Biblical Literature and Consultant Editor of De Gruyter's International Encyclopedia of the Bible.
- Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Historical Approaches; Chapter 3: Literary Approaches; Chapter 4: Ideological Approaches (reader Response/ Contextual Readings); Chapter 5: Theological Approaches (key Elements).