Riddles of the Fourth Gospel An Introduction to John

ISBN-10: 080060427X

ISBN-13: 9780800604271

Edition: 2011

Authors: Paul N. Anderson

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Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for a semester course, which leads students through literary, historical, and theological aspects of the Fourth Gospel's most vexing puzzles. Traditional, historical-critical, and literary-critical approaches are deftly introduced and their limitations evaluated; questions of the Gospel's authorship, composition, relationship to the Synoptics, and origins in particular historical experiences are succinctly addressed; and distinctive Johannine perspectives on Jesus, the church, and the world are discussed.
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 4/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Navigating a Stream in which a Child Can Wade and an Elephant Can Swim
On Wading with Children: The Gospel of John as an Entr�e to Faith
On Swimming with Elephants: The Fourth Gospel as a Puzzlement to Scholars
Outlining the Johannine Riddles
An Overview of the Fourth Gospel
Outlining John's Narrative
Distinctive Features of the Fourth Gospel
The Central Structure of the Fourth Gospel
The Theological Riddles of the Fourth Gospel
Jesus Christ: Human or Divine?
The Father-Son Relationship: Equal or Subordinate?
Does the Son Judge: Yes or No?
The Holy Spirit: Proceeding from the Father or the Son?
The Signs of Jesus: If Embellished, Why Existentialized?
Eschatology in John: Present or Future?
The Saving/Revealing Work of Christ: Universal or Particular?
Salvation and the Believer: Determinism or Free Will?
Dualism in John: Prescriptive or Reflective?
John and Judaism: Anti-Semitic or Pro-Jewish?
Sacraments in John: Embellished or Deconstructive?
The Church in John: Petrified or Dynamic?
The Historical Riddles of the Fourth Gospel
John's Narrative: Historical or Theological?
The Source of John's Tradition: An Eyewitness or Not?
John and the Synoptics: Why Such Different Introductions and Conclusions?
John and the Synoptics: Why Such Differences in Order and Chronology?
John and the Synoptics: Why Such Differences of Inclusion?
John and the Synoptics: Why Such Differences in Detail and Theological Emphasis?
John and the Synoptics: Why Such Distinctive Presentations of Jesus' Ministry?
John and the Synoptics: Why Such Distinctive Presentations of Jesus' Teachings and Intentions?
John and the Synoptics: Why Such Distinctive Presentations of Jesus' Miracles?
The Origin of the Johannine Signs: A Religion of History or the History of Religions?
Cross-Cultural Elements in John: A Diachronicity of Situation?
Johannine Narrative: Rooted in History or the Historical Johannine Situation?
The Literary Riddles of the Fourth Gospel
The Johannine Prologue: An Original Introduction or a Later Add-On?
The Johannine Epilogue: A Fresh Start or a Second Ending?
John 7:53-8:11: A Text Caught in Adultery (and Other Textual Indiscretions)?
Odd Progressions and Contextual Perplexities in John: Reflecting on the Future?
�Play It Again, Sam� (But in a Different Key): Whence the Repetitions and Variations in John's Narrative?
The Johannine Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse: Close Relations or Distant Cousins?
Intratraditional and Intertraditional Dialogues in John: Reflective or Corrective?
The Johannine Collection of Materials: Leftover Fragments or a Seamless Robe?
Comprehension and Miscomprehension in John: They Just Don't Get It … Do You?
Scripture Fulfillment in John: Implicit or Explicit?
The Purpose of the Fourth Gospel: Apologetic or Pastoral?
The Beloved Disciple: A Dead Author or a Literary Device?
Summation of Part 1
Addressing the Johannine Riddles
Scholarly Approaches to John
The Author as the Source of the Johannine Tradition
Composition Theories Distinguishing the Author from an Eyewitness and from John Son of Zebedee
Composition Theories Regardless of Authorship
The Dialogical Autonomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Plausible Theory
An Autonomous Tradition Developing Alongside Mark-The Other Bi-Optic Gospel
The Dialectical Thinking of the Evangelist
The History-of-Religions Origins of John's Divine-Human Dialectic
Dialogical Engagements within the Johannine Situation: Seven Crises over Seven Decades
A Two-Edition Theory of Composition
Aspects of Interfluentiality between John and Other Traditions
Revelation and Rhetoric: Two Dialogical Modes in the Johannine Narrative
Post-Script: Acts 4:19-20-An Overlooked First-Century Clue to Johannine Authorship?
The Origin and Character of the Johannine Riddles: A Guide to Interpretation
The Origin and Character of John's Theological Tensions
The Origin and Character of John's Historical Conundrums
The Origin and Character of John's Literary Perplexities
Summation of Part 2
Interpreting the Johannine Riddles
The Christ of Faith and Johannine Theology
Johannine Christology: Is Jesus Human, Divine, or Both?
The Father-Son Relationship: Egalitarian, Subordinate, or Neither?
Signs Faith versus Blessed Faith?
The Way to Salvation in John: Particular or Universal?
Johannine Dualism: Jewish or Greek?
The Ioudaioi in John: Pro-Semitism, Anti-Semitism, or Neither?
The Jesus of History in John: A Fourth Quest for Jesus?
The Historical Realism of the Fourth Gospel
Time and Space in the Ministry of Jesus
The Passion of Jesus
The Works of Jesus
The Words of Jesus
The Revelatory Prophet
The Life of the Church: Johannine Ecclesiology
A Vision of Relational Connectedness to Jesus
Fluid and Dynamic Images of the Church
Gospel Ministry: Compassionate, Empowered, Inclusive
On Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth
An Incarnational Sacramentology
Peter, the Beloved Disciple, and the Ongoing Leadership of Christ through the Holy Spirit
Summation of Part 3
Conclusion: Navigating the Living Waters of the Gospel of John
Feeling Included without Becoming Exclusive
Responding in Faith without Becoming Dogmatic
Annotated Bibliography
Bibliographic Appendix
Subject Index
Name Index
Biblical Index
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