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Qumran and the Origins of Johannine Language and Symbolism
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Qumran and the Origins of Johannine Language and Symbolism


T&T Clark 2010

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In this monograph, Elizabeth W. Mburu argues that The Rule of the Community—the defining document of the ancient Qumran community—provides linguistic clues to how the author of the fourth Gospel used truth terminology. Semantic similarities between Johannine literature and the Rule of the Community may indicate that the author of the fourth Gospel was familiar with the mode of thought represented in the language of Qumran literature, and that he mirrored that language in certain sections of his writing.

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Key Features

  • Argues that the Qumran document The Rule of the Community shares linguistic similarities with Johannine literature
  • Presents evidence that the author of the fourth Gospel was influenced by language used in Qumran literature
  • Focuses on the language of truth in Johannine literature


  • Truth Terminology in the Gospel of John
  • Truth Terminology in the Rule
  • Background of Usage
  • Comparative Analysis of Truth Terminology in the Two Documents
  • Conclusion and Implications

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About Elizabeth W. Mburu

Elizabeth W. Mburu is an adjunct professor of Bible and religion at Montreat College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a frequent lecturer on the relationship between the New Testament and Qumran literature.

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