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Fortress Press Studies in John (7 vols.)
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Overview

Fortress Press Studies in John offers the latest in Johannine research. This collection provides a thorough introduction to the Gospel of John’s literary, historical, and theological aspects, analyzes the scholarly and religious implications of the Gospel’s use of symbolism, studies the Gospel’s narrative elements through a literary-criticism lens, and addresses the resurrection and afterlife controversies in Thomas’ and John’s Gospels. It also includes Francis J. Moloney’s popular narrative commentary on the Gospel of John.

The Logos Bible Software edition of Fortress Press Studies in John is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of John’s Gospel. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original Greek text, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about John.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough introduction to John’s Gospel
  • Analyzes the Gospel’s use of symbolism and ideas on resurrection
  • Studies the Gospel of John as narrative
  • Contains the latest in Johannine research

Individual Titles

Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design

  • Author: R. Alan Culpepper
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 256

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This book is an attempt to make some initial tracing of what the Gospel looks like through the lens of “secular” literary criticism. As an interdisciplinary study, the work is an effort to contribute to that dialogue by studying the narrative elements of the Fourth Gospel while interacting occasionally with current Johannine research. It is intended not as a challenge to historical criticism or the results of previous research but as an alternative by means of which new data may be collected and readers may be helped to read the Gospel more perceptively by looking at its certain features. This process is to be distinguished from reading the Gospel looking for particular kinds of historical evidence.

The aim is to contribute to understanding the Gospel as a narrative text, what it is, and how it works. The emphasis will be upon the construction of hypotheses or critique of methods, the Gospel as it stands rather than its sources, historical background, or themes is the subject of this study.

Careful study of this book would provide an excellent beginning to an exegetical course on John. At the same time, it should also provide a valuable resource for those who teach John in classics, philosophy, or English courses.

Pheme Perkins, professor, Boston College

This ‘anatomy’ will be an important tool for Johannine research for many years. . . . Future Johannine studies can only build upon the impressive synthesis of critical and interpretative perspectives Culpepper has constructed.

William G. Doty, emeritus professor, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Alabama

Culpepper’s Anatomy is one of the most significant applications of literary criticism to the Bible. It not only provides a fresh, reliable literary study of the Gospel according to John (something no prior work has done) but also establishes responsible norms for future interpretation of biblical texts from literary perspectives.

Marion L. Soards, professor of New Testament studies, Louisville Seminary

R. Alan Culpepper is dean at the McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, and one of the leaders in Gospel of John research.

Resurrection Reconsidered: Thomas and John in Controversy

  • Author: Gregory J. Riley
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 232

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This study centers on a protracted debate within early Christianity concerning a foundational aspect of the Gospel of Thomas and its related literature: the concept of the body and resurrection. It traces the background of this idea in the Semitic and Greco-Roman world, and its expression in the Thomas literature as a whole: the Gospel of Thomas, Book of Thomas, and Acts of Thomas. But the inspiration for the study, and its main focus, is the controversy between the two closely related Christian communities of Thomas and John, between the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of John, on the issue of resurrection, expressed in John most clearly in the story of Doubting Thomas.

Gregory Riley’s reconsideration of the concepts of resurrection and afterlife in the Greco-Roman world is brilliant and convincing. This will become a standard for all future discussion of the resurrection of Jesus in early Christian sources. On the basis of these new insights, the debates between the communities of John and Thomas become a fascinating study in the early controversies of the followers of Jesus. The author’s comprehensive knowledge of texts from the ancient world, his admirable exegetical skills, and his philological expertise in dealing with Coptic-Gnostic writings lead to results that few others are able to achieve.

Helmut Koester, Morison Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School

This book is sharply focused, patiently argued, and strongly supported by extensive documentation and an exhaustive bibliography. Against the background of scholarly preoccupation with the relationship of the Gospel of Thomas to the Synoptic gospels, it creates the occasion for fresh debate on the relationship of Thomas to John.

Jack Dean Kingsbury, emeritus professor, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

In this important work Gregory Riley sheds new light on the Gospel of John and Thomas and their interrelationships and carries the study of ‘Thomas Christianity’ forward to include other ancient Thomas texts. Riley’s mastery of the ancient sources is truly impressive, as is his insightful and untrammeled exegesis of well-known texts. His book is an original and exciting piece of scholarship.

—Birger A. Pearson, emeritus professor of religious studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Gregory J. Riley is professor of Religion at the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Religion.

Belief in the Word: Reading John 1–4

  • Author: Francis J. Moloney
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 248

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Although studies have appeared on current narrative and reading approaches to John’s Gospel, no commentary is available that integrates their findings for students and scholars. Professor Moloney has met this need with a pioneering commentary that focuses on the text itself and its impact on the reader.

A trailblazer. . . . this innovative book applies the insights of narrative criticism to the talent of commentary writing . . . Adopting the perspective of a first-time reader, Moloney traces the way in which the narrative shapes the role of the implied reader, all the while maneuvering the real reader along the path toward authentic faith.

R. Alan Culpepper, dean, James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, Baylor University

Moloney provides us with the first thorough literary commentary on John 1–4 that uses a reader response method. He leads us through the Gospel’s narrative and enables us to appreciate it from the inside without disregarding the original historical setting of the writing. This book will be widely read and appreciated in future work on the Fourth Gospel.

Robert Kysar, emeritus professor of preaching and New Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Francis J. Moloney is a senior professorial fellow of Australian Catholic University at its Melbourne campus, Australia, and member of the Department of Biblical Studies. He is also the former provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region and former Katharine Drexel Professor of Religious Studies and dean of the School of Theology at the Catholic University of America. Moloney is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a member of the Order of Australia, and the author of more than 40 books.

Signs and Shadows: Reading John 5–12

  • Author: Francis J. Moloney
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 248

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Moloney offers a close reading of the crucial middle-section of the Gospel of John, taking the reader on a journey as Jesus’ ministry unfolds. Among events dealt with are Jesus’ walk on the Sea of Galilee, the description of the Good Shepherd, and the resurrection of Lazarus. The present volume represents the continuation of Moloney’s ongoing narrative commentary on the Gospel, a sequel to his earlier Belief in the Word, which focused on chapters one through four.

This book will be a useful resource for any reader who wants to attend carefully to the narrative details of John’s Gospel.

Gail R. O’Day, senior associate dean, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

In terms of length and detail, there is simply nothing like it in Johannine studies. Such a commentary has been very much needed for quite some time now, and Moloney has obliged with a splendid example of what narrative criticism can do. First-rate and refreshingly up-to-date.

Fernando F. Segovia, Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Vanderbilt University

Francis J. Moloney is a senior professorial fellow of Australian Catholic University at its Melbourne campus, Australia, and member of the Department of Biblical Studies. He is also the former provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region and former Katharine Drexel Professor of Religious Studies and dean of the School of Theology at the Catholic University of America. Moloney is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a member of the Order of Australia, and the author of more than 40 books.

Glory not Dishonor: Reading John 13–21

  • Author: Francis J. Moloney
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 250

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Moloney’s literary-historical commentary offers a close reading of the final section of the Gospel of John, taking the reader on a journey through Jesus’ final night and his ministry’s climax in passion, death, and resurrection. Concluding his unique trilogy, Moloney shows how the reader is led on a journey of faith by the Gospel writer, culminating in the belief in Jesus the Christ and having life in his name, despite his absence.

Francis J. Moloney is a senior professorial fellow of Australian Catholic University at its Melbourne campus, Australia, and member of the Department of Biblical Studies. He is also the former provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region and former Katharine Drexel Professor of Religious Studies and dean of the School of Theology at the Catholic University of America. Moloney is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a member of the Order of Australia, and the author of more than 40 books.

Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community

  • Author: Craig R. Koester
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 368

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Craig Koester’s respected study uses the symbolic language of the Gospel of John as a focus to explore “the Gospel’s literary dimensions, social and historical context, and theological import.” This edition is fully revised and updated and includes a number of new sections on such topics as Judas and the knowledge of God. Fresh treatments are given on a number of issues, including the Gospel’s Christology. This new edition offers both new insights and proven worth for students and scholars alike.

John’s use of symbols is an essential key to understanding the Gospel . . . Craig Koester’s book is an admirable and important contribution in the extent of its coverage, the quality of its judgment, and the appreciation both of the scholarly and religious implications of the Fourth Gospel’s symbolism. A first-rate book well worthy of our attention.

Raymond E. Brown, emeritus professor, Union Theological Seminary, New York

I have been enriched by Koester’s detailed scholarship and beautifully written text.

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

The present fresh and welcome survey deserves to become a leading marker in Johannine studies for all present and future students of this symbolic, but also incarnational, Gospel.

Theology

Craig R. Koester is professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota. He received his PhD in New Testament from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel: An Introduction to John

  • Author: Paul N. Anderson
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 288

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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.

I love this book, which now constitutes the intro volume for serious students of the Fourth Gospel! I can’t think of any question that Anderson has not raised and addressed, with his typical acuity and thoroughness. For scholarly and popular readers alike, this is now the ‘go–to’ book for those undertaking a study of this powerful Gospel.

—Jaime Clark–Soles, associate professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

This is the most comprehensive introductory textbook yet for courses on the Gospel of John. Paul Anderson crisply summarizes the theological, historical, and literary issues posed by the Gospel and develops a ‘bi–optic’ approach that takes ‘both–and’ rather than ‘either–or’ solutions to long–standing debates in Johannine scholarship. It is going to be fun to watch classes awaken to this intriguing Gospel while this introduction poses one ‘riddle’ after another for them.

R. Alan Culpepper, dean, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

John’s Gospel invites readers into a dialogue that can last a lifetime. In this engaging introduction, Paul Anderson explores some of the most important aspects of the Fourth Gospel. By asking questions of its theology, historical character, and literary quality, he offers a welcome treatment of the Gospel that helps contemporary readers encounter it in a multidimensional way.

Craig Koester, professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

One of the most helpful introductions to most of the key academic discussions of the Fourth Gospel, this well–designed and easy–to–follow work is ideal for classroom use. Anderson is cognizant of and respectful toward the wide range of diverse approaches, holds in wise tension complementary streams of evidence within the Fourth Gospel and early Christianity, and offers his own insightful contributions for Johannine studies.

Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

Paul N. Anderson is professor of biblical and Quaker studies at George Fox University and author of The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus: Modern Foundations Reconsidered and The Christology of the Fourth Gospel: Its Unity and Disunity in the Light of John 6.

Product Details

  • Title: Fortress Press Studies in John
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 1,890