The Anointed Community: The Holy Spirit in the Johannine Tradition

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Recent research on the Johannine literature has concluded that behind these writings stands a flourishing community of Christians who lived under the tutelage of the Beloved Disciple, preserved his writings, and venerated his memory. In this book, Gary M. Burge examines one feature of this community's belief and experience: the role of the Spirit in its view both of Christ and of the Christian experience.

Burge carefully examines all the Spirit passages in the Fourth Gospel and ...

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Overview

Recent research on the Johannine literature has concluded that behind these writings stands a flourishing community of Christians who lived under the tutelage of the Beloved Disciple, preserved his writings, and venerated his memory. In this book, Gary M. Burge examines one feature of this community's belief and experience: the role of the Spirit in its view both of Christ and of the Christian experience.

Burge carefully examines all the Spirit passages in the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles and argues that the Johannine community elevated Spirit-experience to the forefront of Christian life and found in Christ the model of the Spirit-filled person.

Thoroughly researched and well-argued, Burge's systematic study of the pneumatology of John will be valuable to scholars, ministers, and seminary students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802801937
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Abbreviations xiii
Introduction xvi
Part I The Paraclete and Pneumatology
1 A Prospectus on Johannine Pneumatology 3
A. The Paraclete Problem 6
B. Finding a Background for the Paraclete 10
1. Proto-Gnostic Antecedents 10
2. Hellenistic Antecedents 12
3. Old Testament and Jewish Antecedents 13
a. The Advocate before Qumran 13
b. The Advocate after Qumran 16
c. A Forerunner/Perfecter Motif 23
d. The Gattung Abschiedsrede 25
e. The Development of an Old Testament Theme 28
4. Conclusion 30
C. The Paraclete in Johannine Reflection 31
1. Persecution Sayings 31
2. Christology and Eschatology 32
a. An Eschatological Continuum 33
b. Pentecost Becomes Parousia 35
3. Witness and Revelation 36
4. Prophets and Prophecy 38
5. Conclusion 41
D. Pneuma in the Johannine Literature 41
E. Prospectus 44
Part II The Holy Spirit in John
2 Spirit and Christology 49
A. The Baptism of Jesus: John 1:29-34 50
1. The Synoptic Gospels 50
2. The Fourth Gospel 51
a. The Significance for the Baptist 52
b. The Significance for Jesus 53
(1) The Synoptic Gospels 53
(2) The Use of Meveiv: 1:32, 33 54
(3) The Descending Dove: 1:32, 33 56
c. Psalm 2 or Isaiah 42? The Pronouncement 59
3. Conclusion 61
B. Jesus in the Power of the Spirit 62
1. The Synoptic Gospels 62
a. Works of Power 63
(1) Exorcisms and Satan 64
(2) Miracles 65
b. Words of Authority 67
(1) Jesus as Prophet 68
(2) Jesus as the Eschatological Prophet 68
c. Conclusion 71
2. The Fourth Gospel 71
a. Preliminary Remarks 71
b. Works of Power 73
(1) Exorcisms and Satan 73
(2) Miracles 74
(a) Sign [characters not reproducible] 78
(b) Work [characters not reproducible] 79
(c) Glory [characters not reproducible] 80
c. The Spirit and Johannine Christology 81
(1) Jesus, a Man Anointed 81
(a) John 3:34 81
(b) John 6:27 84
(c) John 1:51 86
(2) Spirit Christology 87
(a) John 7:37-39 88
(b) John 19:34 93
(c) 1 John 5:6-8 95
(d) John 4:7-15 96
d. Words of Authority 101
(1) Spirit and Word 101
(2) Spirit as the Word 102
(3) John 6:63 104
(4) The Johannine Prophet Christology 107
(a) Jesus as Prophet 107
(b) Jesus as the Eschatological Prophet 108
3. Conclusion 110
Excursus: Virgin Birth or Preexistent Logos? The Spirit and Jesus' Origins 111
3 Spirit and Eschatology: John 20:22 114
A. The Problem 114
1. Eschatology 114
2. John 20:22 116
B. Interpreting John 20:22 117
1. John 20:22 as Symbol 117
2. John 20:22: A Pre-Pentecost Anointing 119
a. An Ordination Gift 119
b. The Power of Life 120
c. The Embryonic Paraclete 122
3. A Johannine Pentecost 123
C. The Johannine Expectation/Interpretation 131
1. The Unified Events of the Hour 132
a. Glorification 132
b. John 19:30, 34 133
c. The Ascension and John 20:17ff 136
2. The Unity of Christ and Spirit 137
a. The Johannine Expectation 137
b. Parallels: Christ and the Paraclete 140
c. The Personalization of the Paraclete 142
d. The Problem of the Parousia 143
D. Conclusion 147
4 The Spirit and the Sacraments 150
A. The Traditional Problem of the Sacraments in John 151
1. Sacramentalism 152
2. Non-Sacramentalism 154
3. Critical/Corrective 156
B. Sacramental Interest in John 3 and 6 157
C. John 3: Spirit and Rebirth 158
1. Baptismal Interest in John 3 159
a. Textual Considerations 160
b. The Background and Meaning of 161
(1) A Symbolic Interpretation 161
(2) [characters not reproducible] and Ritual Purification 162
c. [characters not reproducible] and John's Baptism 163
(1) John 3:22-30 163
(2) John 4:1-3 164
2. The Meaning and Significance of Rebirth 165
a. The Relation between [characters not reproducible] and [characters not reproducible] in Rebirth 166
(1) John 3:3 167
(2) John 3:6-8 168
b. The Objective Basis of Rebirth: The Cross and Faith 169
3. Spirit and Identity in 1 John 171
a. 1 John 3:24; 4:13 173
b. [characters not reproducible] in 1 John 2:20, 27 174
c. [characters not reproducible] in 1 John 3:9 175
d. Revelation 3:19-22 176
4. Conclusion 177
D. John 6: Spirit and Eucharist 178
1. A Eucharistic Allusion in John 6:1-15, 35-50? 178
2. The "Eucharistic Section," John 6:51/52-58 181
a. Eucharistic Realism 181
b. Authenticity and Coherence 183
c. John 6:60-63 and the Antecedent of [characters not reproducible] 185
3. John's Theology of the Eucharist 186
a. The Nature of the Corrective 186
b. Praesentia Realis and the Spirit 188
4. Does John 15:1-17 Refer to the Eucharist? 189
E. Worship in Spirit and Truth: John 4:20-24 190
1. The Criteria of True Worship 191
a. God Is Spirit 192
b. Worship in Spirit 192
c. Worship in Truth 193
2. Samaria, Stephen, and John 195
a. The Temple and Samaria 196
b. The Johannine Expression 197
5 Spirit, Mission, and Anamnesis 198
A. Spirit and Mission: John 20:21 199
1. Jesus: God's Apostle 200
2. Agency and Apostolic Mission 201
a. The Disciples 202
b. The Paraclete 203
B. Trial and Revelation 204
1. The Origin of the Paraclete Sayings: John 15:18-16:4a 205
2. The Paraclete as Advocate: John 16:8-11 208
3. The Paraclete as Witness 210
a. Anamnesis: John 14:25-26 211
b. The Johannine Hermeneutic: John 16:12-15 214
4. Prophecy and Heterodoxy 217
a. The Johannine Adjustment 219
b. Early Catholicism? 220
C. Conclusion 221
Epilogue 223
Bibliography 225
Indexes 255
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