Interpreting Biblical Texts Series - The Gospel and Letters of John

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Overview

In this volume, R. Alan Culpepper considers both the Gospel and the Letters of John.

The book begins with a close look at the relationship between John and the Synoptics and a summary of John's distinctive thought and language. The second chapter addresses the fascinating issues regarding the origins of the Gospel and the letters: authorship, sources, and composition. The history of the Johannine community is reviewed in chapter three. Chapter four interprets the plot of the Gospel and prepares the student to read John as literature by providing a brief orientation to narrative criticism.

The fifth chapter turns to more traditional concerns: John as theology. This chapter provides a digest of the Christology, theology, and eschatology of John. The sixth through the eighth chapters, the heart of the book, guide the student through a reading of the Gospel. The ninth chapter serves as an introduction to the Letters, noting especially their relationship to the Gospel. Each letter is treated in turn. The final chapter examines the challenges and potential of the Johannine literature as documents of faith.

"In previous writings Alan Culpepper has shown himself to be one of the best Johannine scholars of our time. He not only conveniently draws together his research but also shows himself to be an excellent teacher." --Raymond E. Brown

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687008513
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Interpreting Biblical Texts Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 446,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Alan Culpepper is Dean of the McAfee School of theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Ch. 1 Introduction to the Johannine Literature 13
Ch. 2 The Composition of the Johannine Writings 29
Ch. 3 The Gospel and Letters as the Literature of a Community 42
Ch. 4 The Gospel as Literature 62
Ch. 5 The Theology of the Johannine Writings 87
Ch. 6 Interpreting the Fourth Gospel: John 1-4 109
Ch. 7 Interpreting the Fourth Gospel: John 5-12 148
Ch. 8 Interpreting the Fourth Gospel: John 13-21 197
Ch. 9 Interpreting the Letters 251
Ch. 10 The Gospel of John as a Document of Faith 287
Notes 306
Selected Bibliography 319
Index 325
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