The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History, and Theology in the Gospel of John

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Baker Academic, 2007 - Religion - 313 pages
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How do historical and literary details contribute to a coherent theological witness to Jesus in the Gospel of John? A leading British evangelical New Testament scholar answers that question with studies on themes from messianism to monotheism, symbolic actions from foot-washing to fish-catching, literary contexts from Qumran to the Hellenistic historians, and figures from Nicodemus to "the beloved disciple" to Papias. Originally published in various journals and collections, these essays are now available for the first time in one affordable volume with a substantial new introduction that ties them all together. A must-have for serious students of the Fourth Gospel.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Papias and Polycrates on the Origin of the Gospel of John
33
The Beloved Disciple as Ideal Author
73
Historiographical Characteristics of the Gospel of John
93
The Audience of the Gospel of John
113
The Qumran Community and the Gospel of John
125
Nicodemus and the Gurion Family
137
History or Fiction?
173
Jewish Messianism according to the Gospel of John
207
Monotheism and Christology in the Gospel of John
239
The Holiness of Jesus and His Disciples in the Gospel of John
253
The 153 Fish and the Unity of the Fourth Gospel
271
Index of Modern Authors
285
Index of Ancient Persons
291
Index of Place Names
296
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings
298

Jesus Wash His Disciples Feet?
191

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Richard Bauckham (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of numerous volumes, including Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony and Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World.

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