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The Johannine Writings is a collection of scholarly articles from the first 50 issues of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The work is part of a series that collects what editors deem the best scholarly articles on a particular topic. This volume on the Johannine writings (the books of the New Testament attributed to John: The Gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and the book of Revelation)—edited by Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans and featuring work by B. Byrne, D. E. Aune, and many others—is divided into two sections: (1) The Gospel of John and Its Influences and (2) The Revelation of John. Readers will explore chapters like "The Beloved Disciple as Ideal Author," "John and the Gnostics," "Revelation 4–5 in the Light of Jewish Apocalyptic Analogies"—and much more.

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  • Preface to the Series
  • Abbreviations
  • The Gospel of John and Its Influences
    • B. Lindars - Discourse and Tradition: The Use of the Sayings of Jesus in the Discourses of the Fourth Gospel
    • B. Byrne - The Faith of the Beloved Disciple and the Community in John 20
    • R. Bauckham - The Beloved Disciple as Ideal Author
    • B. H. Grigsby - The Cross as an Expiatory Sacrifice in the Fourth Gospel
    • M. C. De Boer - Narrative Criticism, Historical Criticism, and the Gospel of John
    • A. H. B. Logan - John and the Gnostics: The Significance of the Apocryphon of John for the Debate about the Origins of the Johannine Literature
    • W. E. Sproston - Witnesses to what was ἀπʼ ἀρχῆς; 1 John’s Contribution to our Knowledge of Tradition in the Fourth Gospel
  • The Revelation of John
    • J. J. Gunther - The Elder John, Author of Revelation
    • D. E. Aune - The Prophetic Circle of John of Patmos and the Exegesis of Revelation 22:16
    • L. W. Hurtado - Revelation 4–5 in the Light of Jewish Apocalyptic Analogies
    • M. G. Reddish - Martyr Christology in the Apocalypse
    • P. Barnett - Polemical Parallelism: Some Further Reflections on the Apocalypse
    • F. G. Downing - Pliny’s Prosecutions of Christians: Revelation and 1 Peter
  • Index of References
  • Index of Authors

Top Highlights

“so became, according to this Gospel, the first believer in the resurrection of Jesus” (Page 31)

“the faith of the Beloved Disciple is to be seen as both precursive and typical of that of later generations of believers” (Page 31)

“ample room in the Evangelist’s passion theology for both revelatory and expiatory themes.” (Page 73)

“Lazarus was completely passive in his coming back to life, entirely reliant upon the command of Jesus and needing others to remove the facial cloth and so restore him to full human and social life, Jesus has actively raised himself.” (Page 38)

“Papias refers in the famous fragment of his prologue (ap. Eusebius, Hist. Eccl. 3.39.4), was both the beloved disciple and the author of the Fourth Gospel, as well as the author of the three Johannine letters.” (Page 46)

Because The Johannine Writings gathers the best articles on a given topic from the well-respected Journal for the Study of the New Testament, readers will learn various perspectives on key topics in the debates centered on Johannine literature—and from the best scholars in the field.

For example, one chapter unpacks narrative and historical criticism and the Gospel of John, and another explores the cross as an expiatory sacrifice in the Beloved Disciples' Gospel. Plus, readers will unpack little-studied topics in the book of Revelation, like John's prophetic circle and martyr Christology and how Revelation and 1 Peter are intertwined.

  • Title: The Johannine Writings
  • Authors: Stanley E. Porter, Craig A. Evans
  • Series: Sheffield Reader Collection
  • Volume: 32
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1995
  • Logos Release Date: 2009
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. John › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible. N.T. › Commentaries--Johannine writings
  • ISBNs: 9781850757290, 1850757291
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:54:44Z

Stanley E. Porter, PhD, University of Sheffield, has taught for more than 30 years in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He is a Greek and New Testament expert, and, since 2001, has been the president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College. He's best known for his works on verbal aspects in New Testament Greek, is actively involved in OpenText.org and the Linguistics Institute of Ancient and Biblical Greek, and is a regular columnist for Christian Week.

Porter is the author or editor of numerous New Testament and Greek studies, including Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Discourse Analysis and the New Testament: Approaches and Results, and Dictionary of New Testament Background. He has edited over 80 volumes and authored 28 books on various New Testament and related topics, including How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation, and The Gospel of John in Modern Interpretation. Plus, he's published more than 450 journal articles, chapters in books, and dictionary entries and regularly speaks at major conferences and other venues around the world.

His interests include Greek language and linguistics, hermeneutics and various methods of interpretation, and a range of New Testament studies from the Gospels to John to Acts to Paul. He is also a papyrological and text-oriented research specialist and is interested in the wider Greco-Roman world. Outside of academia, Stanley has served in young adult ministry and has assisted in developing a lay training institute for the local church.

Craig A. Evans earned his PhD in biblical studies at Claremont Graduate University and received his decretum habilitationis from Budapest. He is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament; Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada; John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins (Houston Theological Seminary); a New Testament scholar; and a prolific author and popular teacher/speaker.

Evans is well-known for his work on the Gospels, the Historical Jesus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the archaeology of the New Testament. His passion for archaeology has him frequently participating in Middle East digs and leading Holy Land tours. He has regularly appeared in television and radio interviews, such as the History Channel, BBC, and Dateline NBC, served as a consultant on the National Geographic Society's Gospel of Judas project and for The Bible television miniseries, and is featured in documentaries like Fragments of Truth and the Archaeology and Jesus series.

He's written hundreds of articles and reviews and published more than 70 books, including Jesus and His Contemporaries, Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies, Mark in the Word Biblical Commentary, Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, God Speaks, and Jesus and the Remains of His Days: Studies in Jesus and Archaeology. He coauthored Jesus, the Final Days with N. T. Wright.


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