Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community

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Fortress Press, Feb 19, 2003 - Religion - 347 pages
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Craig Koester's respected study uses the symbolic language of the Gospel of John as a focus to explore "the Gospel's literary dimensions, social and historical context, and theological import." This edition is fully revised and updated and includes a number of new sections on such topics as Judas and the knowledge of God. Fresh treatments are given on a number of issues, including the Gospel's Christology. This new edition offers both new insights and proven worth for students and scholars alike.
 

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Contents

Symbol Meaning and Mystery
1
Johannine Symbolism in Its Literary Context
3
Defining Johannine Symbolism
4
Recognizing Johannine Symbols
8
The Structure of Johannine Symbolism
12
Johannine Symbolism in Its Cultural Context
15
The Dynamics of Johannine Symbolism
16
The Spectrum of Johannine Readers
18
The Light of the World
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159
The Light Is with You a Little Longer
160
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162
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Interpreting Johannine Symbolism
24
Multiple MeaningsValid and Invalid
25
Meaning and Mystery
28
2 Representative Figures
33
Character Portrayal in Johns Gospel
34
Character Portrayal in Antiquity
36
Jesus
39
Particular and Universal
42
Spokesperson for the Christian Community
44
People Who Meet Jesus
45
Samaritan Woman
47
Royal Official from Capernaum
51
Invalid at Bethzatha
52
Crowd in Galilee
54
Crowd in Jerusalem
59
Disciples and Friends of Jesus
62
Man Born Blind
63
Martha Mary and Lazarus
65
Mary Magdalene
68
Peter
70
Thomas
72
Judas Iscariot
73
The Word of God and the Human Condition
76
3 Symbolic Actions
79
New WineNew Temple
82
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86
Healing the Officials Son and the Invalid
89
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Feeding the Five Thousand and Walking on the Sea
94
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1621
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Healing the Man Born Blind
104
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Raising Lazarus from the Dead
116
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123
Anointing and Washing Feet
127
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The Great Catch of Fish
134
1525
136
Hearing Seeing and Believing in Johannine Theology
138
4 Light and Darkness
141
The True Light That Enlightens Everyone
142
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147
One Who Came by Night
150
Light and Darkness in the Passion Narrative
166
Light and Darkness in 1 John
168
God and Evil in Johannine Theology
171
5 Water
175
Baptism with Water and the Spirit
176
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Living Water
187
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Blood and Water at the Crucifixion
200
Water in 1 John
203
Cleansing from Sin and Thirst for God in Johannine Theology
204
6 The Crucifixion
207
Behold the Man
210
I find no crime in him
214
Behold the Lamb of God
216
That the Scripture Might Be Fulfilled
217
The Cross and Sacrifice
219
Behold Your King
224
Death of the ProphetKing
227
We Beheld His Glory
230
Exaltation and Glorification
235
Behold Your Son Behold Your Mother
239
Forming a Community of Faith
240
Jesus Mother and the Beloved Disciple
241
Jesus Death in Johannine Theology
244
7 Symbol and Community
247
Symbol and Unity
250
Symbol and Unity in the Gospel
257
Symbol and Patterns of Discipleship
264
Torah Friendship Honor
265
The True Vine 15117 and Other Images
270
Symbol and the World
277
The World and the Johannine Context
278
Symbols and the World
282
8 Symbol and the Knowledge of God
287
God the Father
288
Human Estrangement
290
Jesus as the Way
294
Appendixes on Special Topics
301
Geographical Symbolism
309
Numerical Symbolism
311
Bibliography
317
Index of Subjects
339
Index of Authors
343
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Craig C. Koester is Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel, The Dwelling of God, and Revelation and the End of All Things, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and professional journals.

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