What We Have Heard from the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies

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Tom Thatcher
Baylor University Press, 2007 - Religion - 423 pages
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The past fifty years have seen powerful shifts in the methods and objectives of Biblical Studies. The study of the Johannine Literature, in particular, has seen a proliferation of new approaches, as well as innovative exegetical and theological conclusions. This volume surveys the emerging landscape from the perspective of scholars who have shaped the field. Written in a conversational and reflective tone, the articles offer an excellent overview of major issues in the study of the Fourth Gospel and 1-2-3 John.
  

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Contents

Second Thoughts on the Fourth Gospel
1
Why Should Historical Criticism Continue to have a Place in Johannine Studies?
19
In Search of New Synthesis
23
Johannine Exegesis in TransitionJohannes Beutlers Search for a New Synthesis
35
The Scriptures and the Words and Works of Jesus
39
Living Words and the Bread of Life
59
Three Revolutions a Funeral and Glimmers of a Challenging Dawn
63
Inspecting an Aerial Photograph of Johns Engagement with Sources
83
Into Narrative and Beyond
195
The Beyond Beckons
211
The Prologue and Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John
215
The Prologue and Jesus Final Prayer
229
The Signs of Messiah and the Quest for Eternal Life
233
The Johannine Conception of Authentic Faith as a Response to the Diving Initiative
257
Remaining in His Word From Faith to Faith by Way of the Text
261
Ideologies Past and Present
277

Reflections Upon a Johannine Pilgrimage
87
Progress and Regress in Recent Johannine ScholarshipReflections Upon the Road Ahead
105
Pursuing the Elusive
109
To What End Methodology?
123
The Gospel and the Epistles of John Read against the Background of the History of the Johannine Communities
127
The Combination of a Literary and a Historical Approach to the Gospel of John
145
The Gospel of John and the Signs Gospel
149
The Fourth Gospel in FirstCentury Media Culture
159
Whats the Meaning of This?Relections Upon a Life and Career
163
Is History History?
179
The Johannine Community among Jewish and Other Early Christian Communities
183
Reading History in the Fourth Gospel
191
Johannine Studies and the Geopolitical Reflections upon Absence and Irruption
281
Toward a Interdisciplinary Approach to Johannine Studies
307
The Problem of History in John
311
Genre Sources and History
321
Tradition Exegetical Formation and the Leuven Hypothesis
325
The Leuven Hypothesis in Ccatholic Perspective
339
The Road AheadThree Aspects of Johanine Scholarship
343
Combining Key Methodologies in Johannine Studies
355
Works Cited
359
Contributors
391
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Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies at Cincinnati Christian University.

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