Gnosticism, Docetism, and the Judaisms of the First Century (Library Of New Testament Studies Series)
:In this book von Wahlde provides an exploration of three distinct cultural and religious backgrounds against which scholars have frequently proposed that the Gospel and Letters of John are to be read and understood. von Wahlde examines each of these...
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:In this book von Wahlde provides an exploration of three distinct cultural and religious backgrounds against which scholars have frequently proposed that the Gospel and Letters of John are to be read and understood. von Wahlde examines each of these three possibilities in turn, and shows how they may be regarded as plausible or implausible depending upon the evidence available. von Wahlde shows that there are features within the Gospel and/or Letters of John that do in fact suggest that they were influenced either by Gnosticism, Docetism or one of the variant forms of Judaism. However, in each case, while some of the evidence suggests a particular background, von Wahlde shows that it is equally evident that not all of the evidence can be seen to suggest the same background. Through an examination of the origins and purpose of the gospel, and drawing on the conclusions of his well-regarded commentary on the Johannine literature, von Wahlde presents a new way of understanding the Gospel in its wider contexts.
- :prefaceacknowledgementsprequel: The Composition Of The Johannine Literaturepart One: Gnosticism And The Johannine Tradition1. Gnosticism And The Gospel Of John Part Two: Docetism And The Johannine Tradition2. Docetism And The First Letter Of John3. Docetism (and Anti-docetism) And The Gospel Of Johnpart Three: First Century Judaisms And The Johannine Tradition4. First Century Judaisms: General Introduction5. Classical Judaism: The Foundation Of The Tradition6. An Example Of Unrecognized Influence Of Classical Judaism: The "realized" Eschatology Of The Gospel7. Apocalyptic Judaism: A Radical Transformation Of The Tradition8. An Example Of Failure To Recognize Apocalyptic Influence In The Gospel And Letters: The Restriction Of Christian Love In John9. An Example Of Tragic Failure To Recognize Apocalyptic Influence: "you Are Of Your Father The Devil10. Hellenistic Judaism: Further Influence And Reflection On The Meaning Of Jesus11. An Example Of Influence Of Hellenistic Judaism: The Prologuepart Four: The Johannine School And The Johannine Tradition 12. Tensions, Conflicts And Diversity: The Discernment Of "the Johannine School" Appendix: Some Observations On The Understanding Of The Composition Of The Gospel Of John As Put Forward By Udo Schnelle And Paul N. Andersonbibliographyindexes