The Temporal Mechanics of the Fourth Gospel: A Theory of Hermeneutical Relativity in the Gospel of John

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2008 - Religion - 326 pages
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Spiritual but broken, theological but flaweda "these are the words critics use to describe the Gospel of John. Compared to the Synoptics, Johna (TM)s version of the life of Jesus seems scrambled, especially in the area of time and chronology. But what if Johna (TM)s textual and temporal flaws have more to do with our implicit assumptions about time than a text that is truly flawed? This book responds to that question by reinventing narrative temporality in light of modern physics and applying this alternative temporal lens to the Fourth Gospel. From the singularity in the epic prologue to the narrative warping of event-like objects, this work explodes the elemental temporalities simmering below the surface of a spiritual yet superior Gospel text.
  

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Contents

Chapter One Prolegomena
1
Chapter Two The Mechanics of Time
31
Chapter Three Time is Finite
99
Chapter Four Time is Dimensional
131
Chapter Five Time is Deterministic
165
Chapter Six Time is Warped
187
Chapter Seven Time is Restrictive
229
Chapter Eight Conclusion
251
Bibliography
255
Index of Ancient Literature
299
Index of Modern Authors
313
Subject Index
321
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Douglas Estes currently teaches at Western Seminary-San Jose, and serves as Lead Pastor at Berryessa Valley Church in San Jose, CA.

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