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The Gospel of John is often found at the center of discussions about the Bible and its relation to Christian theology. It is difficult to quantify the impact John’s Gospel has had on both the historical development of Christian doctrine and the various expressions of Christian devotion. All too often, however, readers have failed to understand the Gospel as an autonomous text with its own unique story to tell. More often than not, the Gospel of John is swept into a reading approach that either conflates or attempts to harmonize with other accounts of Jesus’ life. This book emphasizes the uniqueness of John’s story of Jesus and attempts to provide readers with a road map for appreciating the historical context and literary features of the text. The aim of this guide is to help others become better, more perceptive readers of the Gospel of John, with an ability to trace the rhetoric of the narrative from beginning to end.

Author Bio

Christopher W. Skinner is associate professor of religion at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. He is the author of several books, including Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of JohnWhat Are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas, and Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect.


This title is also included as a part of the following collection

  1. Cascade Companion Series (26 vols.)