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Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John

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ISBN: 9780567259653

Overview

This volume examines characters in the Fourth Gospel and provides an in-depth look at different approaches currently employed by scholars working with literary and reader-oriented methods. Divided into two sections, the book first considers method and theory, followed by exegetical character studies using a literary or reader-oriented method. It summarizes the state of the discussion, examines obstacles to arriving at a comprehensive theory of character in the Fourth Gospel, compares different approaches, and compiles the diverse methodologies into one comparative study. Through this detailed exegesis, the various theories will come alive, and the merits (or deficiencies) of each approach will be available to the reader. This volume is both a comprehensive study in narrative/reader-oriented theories, and a study in the application of those theories as they apply to characterization. Summing up current research on characters and characterization in the Fourth Gospel, this book also provides a comprehensive presentation of different approaches to character that have developed in recent years.

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Key Features

  • Scholarly essays on a wide variety of Johannine topics
  • Represents recent developments in Johannine studies
  • In-depth academic treatment of significant texts and themes in Johannine literature

Contents

  • Part I: Methods and Models for Reading Johannine Characters
    • A Narrative Critical Approach to the Fourth Gospel by James L. Resseguie
    • The Weave of the Tapestry: Character and Theme in John by R. Alan Culpepper
    • A Comprehensive Approach to Understanding Character in the Gospel of John by Cornelis Bennema
    • Eyewitness Testimony and the Characters in the Fourth Gospel by Judith Christine Single Redman
    • 'Who Are You?' Comparison/Contrast and Fourth Gospel Characterization by Raymond F. Collins
    • Three Ambiguities: Historical Context, Implied Reader, and the Nature of Faith by Susan E. Hylen
    • Misunderstanding, Christology, and Johannine Characterization: Reading John's Characters Through the Lens of the Prologue by Christopher W. Skinner
  • Part II: Johannine Character Studies
    • The Fourth Gospel's Characterization of God: A Rhetorical Perspective by Stan Harstine
    • John the Baptist: Witness and Embodiment of the Prologue in the Gospel of John by Sherri Brown
    • Theological Complexity and the Characterization of Nicodemus in John's Gospel by Craig R. Koester
    • The Woman of Samaria: Her Characterization, Narrative and Theological Significance by Mary L. Coloe
    • Martha and Mary: Levels of Characterization in Luke and John by Dorothy A. Lee
    • 'Whom Jesus Loved': Anonymity and Identity. Belief and Witness in the Fourth Gospel by David R. Beck
    • The Character of Pilate in the Gospel of John by Cornelis Bennema

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About Christopher W. Skinner

Christopher W. Skinner is assistant professor of religion at Mount Olive College in North Carolina.

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