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The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies



The contribution of the Johannine literature to the development of Christian theology, and particularly to Christology, is uncontested, although careful distinction between the implications of its language, especially that of sonship, in a first century 'Jewish' context and in the subsequent theological controversies of the early Church has been particularly important if not always easily sustained. Recent study has shaken off the weight of subsequent Christian appropriation of Johannine language which has sometimes made readers immune to the ambiguities and challenging tensions in its thought. The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies begins with chapters concentrating on discussions of the background and context of the Johannine literature, leading to the different ways of reading the text, and thence to the primary theological themes within them, before concluding with some discussion of the reception of the Johannine literature in the early church. Inevitably, given their different genres and levels of complexity, some chapters pay most if not all attention to the Gospel, whereas others are more able to give a more substantial place to the letters. All the contributors have themselves made significant contributions to their topic. They have sought to give a balanced introduction to the relevant scholarship and debate, but they have also been able to present the issues from their own perspective. The Handbook will help those less familiar with the Johannine literature to get a sense of the major areas of debate and why the field continues to be one of vibrant and exciting study, and that those who are already part of the conversation will find new insights to enliven their own on-going engagement with these writings.

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  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to current scholarship on the Gospel and Letters of John
  • Provides an authoritative guide for non-specialists and those in the early stages of study of the Johannine Literature, as well as offering new insights to stimulate further thought for those more familiar with the field
  • Features chapters written by leading researchers in the field covering major issues of background, ways of reading, style, and theology
  • Introduction - Judith M. Lieu and Martinus C. de Boer
  • The Text of the Gospel and Letters of John - H. A. G. Houghton
  • Literary Sources of the Gospel and Letters of John - Michael Labahn
  • John and Other Gospels - Harold W. Attridge
  • The Story of the Johannine Community and its Literature - Martinus C. de Boer
  • The Beloved Disciple, the Fourth Evangelist, and the Authorship of the Fourth Gospel - Tom Thatcher
  • The Gospel of John and Archaeology - Urban C. von Wahlde
  • The Jews of the Fourth Gospel - Adele Reinhartz
  • The Johannine Literature in a Greek Context - Gitte Buch-Hansen
  • The Johannine Literature and Contemporary Jewish Literature - Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer
  • The Johannine Literature and the Gnostics - Alastair H. B. Logan
  • The Fourth Gospel as Narrative and Drama - Jo-Ann A. Brant
  • Ideological Readings of the Fourth Gospel - Warren Carter
  • Gender and the Fourth Gospel - Colleen M. Conway
  • Social-Scientific Readings of the Gospel and Letters of John - Philip F. Esler
  • Symbolism and ‘Signs’ in the Fourth Gospel - Dorothy A. Lee
  • Dualism and the World in the Gospel and Letters of John - Jörg Frey
  • Eschatology and Time in the Gospel of John - Ruben Zimmermann
  • The Person of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John - Udo Schnelle
  • The Purpose of the Ministry and Death of Jesus in the Gospel of John - Jean Zumstein
  • Faith, Eternal Life, and the Spirit in the Gospel of John - Catrin H. Williams
  • Ethics in Community in the Gospel and Letters of John - Jan Van Der Watt
  • Temple, Festivals, and Scripture in the Gospel of John - Bruce G. Schuchard
  • . The Johannine Literature and the Canon - Judith M. Lieu
  • Johannine Commentaries in the Early Church - William Lamb
The book illustrates very well the precious diversity of opinions in the field of Johannine studies.

—Professor Marc Girard, ÉBAF, Revue Biblique

  • Title: The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies
  • Authors: Judith M. Lieu, Martinus C. de Boer
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2018
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 469
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. John › Study and teaching; Bible. N.T. John › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBN: 9780198739982
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-05-24T15:55:17Z

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