Experiencing God in the Gospel of John

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Paulist Press, 2003 - Religion - 432 pages
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Well-respected scripture scholar Francis Moloney and systematic theologian Anthony Kelly have collaborated here on a theological reflection on the Gospel of John that is strongly determined by contemporary biblical scholarship.

They write with the hope, they explain, "of not only underscoring the fundamental God-ward dimension intrinsic to the Johannine texts, but of reinvigorating theology with that deeply spiritual or experiential sense inherent in this remarkable part of the New Testament."

Their joint effort will offer insight and food for thought to:

-- scholars and students of theology and scripture.

-- persons desiring more in-depth knowledge of this Gospel.

 

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Contents

THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD
1
1 Accenting Experience
2
2 Different Approaches to Experience
4
Drama and Glory
9
4 The Singularity of the Johannine Experience
14
5 Focus on God
18
6 The Gospel and the Theology of the Letters
22
THE GOD OF THE PROLOGUE A THEOLOGICAL READING 1118
29
2 The Father Is in Me
229
3 The Experience of God
234
THE GOD OF LIFE IN THE WORLD OF DEATH 11157
238
2 The Word of Life
241
3 Death Transformed through His Death
244
4 Death and the God of Life
246
THE VOICE FROM THE OPEN HEAVEN 12150
251
2 The Coming of the Crowds
253

1 What Kind of Beginning?
30
2 The Word and Creation
34
3 The Witness of John the Baptist
42
4 The Word Within a World of Conflict
43
5 The AllFulfilling Gift
48
6 John and the Time of the Word
50
7 The Gift in Place of All Gifts
51
8 Making Known the Invisible Giver
52
9 Four Dimensions of Meaning
55
GOD IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD 119336
61
2 The Path of the Disciples
66
The Faith of the Mother of Jesus
69
4 The Cleansing of the Temple
71
Coming in from the Dark
73
6 The Extent of Gods Love for the World
79
7 Love and Judgment
84
8 Jesus and John
87
9 The Gift Beyond Measure
89
10 The Meaning of the Experience
92
THE GOD OF THE WIDER WORLD
97
2 The Father Seeks True Worshipers
100
3 I Am He
105
4 Completing Gods Work
106
5 An Expanding Experience of God
113
THE GOD OF THE SABBATH 5147
115
2 On Trial for the Father
119
3 Witness to the Fathers Love
121
4 The Father Resting from the Work of Judgment
125
5 The Giving of Life
126
6 Judgment on the Judges
131
7 The Sabbath Experience and the Meaning of God
136
THE BREAD OF GOD IN THE NEW PASSOVER 6171
141
2 A Divine Intervention
144
3 Greater Gifts in Store
145
4 The Bread of God
148
5 The Father at Work
152
6 Disturbing Possibilities
157
7 The Crisis of Faith
160
8 The Ongoing Experience of God
166
BETWEEN DIFFERENT PATERNITIES MAKING THE CHOICE 71859
169
1 The Fathers Will and Right Judgment
170
2 Godor Religion?
174
3 The Living Water of the Spirit
178
4 Gods Subversive Paternity
179
5 The Light of the Darkening World
182
6 Which Paternity?
186
7 The Experience of God?
198
NEW SIGHT FOR THE MAN BORN BLIND 9138
205
2 The Cost of the Cure
207
3 Witnessing to God
208
4 True Worship
211
5 The Experience of God?
212
THE FATHERS ENFOLDING LOVE AND THE GOOD SHEPHERD 9391021
215
2 Enfolding Love
216
3 The Divided Flock
220
4 What Kind of God?
222
THE FATHERS HAND 102242
226
3 The Hour Has Come
254
4 The Voice of the Father
257
5 Faith or Human Glory
264
6 Not Judgment but Eternal Life
266
7 Children of Light
268
THE WAY TO THE FATHER 13138
270
1 The Way to the Father
271
2 The Example of Love
275
3 Light in Darkness
279
4 The New Commandment
283
5 God and Others
285
TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE OF THE FATHER 14131
287
2 Questions from Troubled Hearts
289
3 Greater Works
293
4 Another Paraclete
295
5 A Departure and a Coming
297
6 We Will Come
299
7 Gifts in the Meantime
301
THE FATHER SOURCE OF LIFE AND FRUITFULNESS 151163
307
2 Loved by the Father
310
3 The World and Its Plight
312
4 Witnesses to the Truth
313
5 Contrasting Forms of Existence
315
THE PEACE OF GOD 16433
317
2 Exposing the World
319
3 Toward All Truth
321
4 The Joy of New Life
325
5 Speaking Plainly of the Father
328
THE REALM OF THE FATHER EXPANDING LIFE 17126
333
2 The Disciples Mission
337
3 In the Fathers Keeping
339
4 Life in the World
343
5 The Glory of Love
345
6 The Open Invitation
350
THE FATHERS CUP 1811942
352
2 Judgment
355
3 The Realm of Truth
357
4 Terminal Conflict
359
5 The New Community
364
6 The Flow of Gifts
368
7 Silence and Anticipation
370
MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER 20131
372
2 The Witness of Magdalene
375
3 The Disciples House Transformed
379
4 True Faith
383
5 The Gospels Purpose
386
CONCLUSION GOD IS LOVE
388
1 Seven Features of the Johannine God Experience
389
2 Dimensions of Meaning
395
Godly Identity
397
Living Communion
398
The Truth of God Revealed
401
7 Conclusion
406
References
410
Indexes
417
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Anthony J. Kelly is professor of theology at Australian Catholic University.

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