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Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John

Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John

Christopher W. Skinner

| Bloomsbury | 2013

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This volume examines characters in the Fourth Gospel and provides an in-depth look at different approaches currently employed by scholars working with literary and reader-oriented methods. Divided into two sections, the book first considers method and theory, followed by exegetical character studies using a literary and reader-oriented method. It summarizes the state of the discussion, examines obstacles to arriving at a comprehensive theory of character in the Fourth Gospel, compares different approaches, and compiles the diverse methodologies into one comparative study. Through this detailed exegesis, the various theories are presented and implemented, and the merits (or deficiencies) of each approach will be available to the reader. This volume is both a comprehensive study in narrative/reader-oriented theories, and a study in the application of those theories as they apply to characterization. Summing up current research on characters and characterization in the Fourth Gospel, this book also provides a comprehensive presentation of different approaches to character that have developed in recent years.

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. T&T Clark Johannine Studies (10 vols.)