John as Storyteller: Narrative Criticism and the Fourth Gospel

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 8, 1994 - Religion - 214 pages
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In this widely acclaimed study of John's Gospel, Mark W.G. Stibbe shows how the fourth evangelist uses all the tactics of a skilled storyteller to promote his distinctive Christology. Literary and historical methodologies are integrated by the author in his narrative criticism, and a new, holistic approach to the gospel literature is suggested thereby.
 

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Contents

The practical criticism of Johns narrative
5
The narrative artistry and unity of John
13
The practical criticism of the fourth gospel
22
Genre criticism of Johns narrative
30
Structuralist genre criticism and the gospels
39
The narrative genre of Johns story
46
The Social function of Johns narrative
50
Reconstructing the Johannine community
56
The trial of the king John 18281916a
105
The slaughter of the lamb John 1916b42
113
A genre criticism of John 1819
121
The passion as tragic story
129
John 1819 and the myth of Dionysus
139
A sociological reading of John 1819
148
Source and redaction in John 19257
154
The social function of John 19257
161

The social function of Johns narrative
61
The narrativehistorical approach to Johns story
67
Narrative and source
76
Narrative and gospel
85
AN APPLICATION OF THE METHOD OF NARRATIVE CRITICISM TO JOHN 1819
93
Introduction
95
A practical criticism of John 1819
96
A narrativehistorical approach to John 1819
168
Narrative and source
179
Narrative and gospel
189
Conclusion
197
References
200
Index of names and subjects
209
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About the author (1994)

Stibbe is Vicar of St. Mark's Church, Grenoside, Sheffield; and part-time Lecturer in the Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield.

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