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John's Wisdom

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Jesus as depicted in the Fourth Gospel is remarkably dissimilar to the Jesus found in the Synoptic Gospels. In this book, Ben Witherington III places the Gospel of John within its proper literary, historical, social, and theological contexts, especially those dealing with the wisdom traditions of Hellenistic Judaism. What emerges is a compelling argument that the Gospel of John has an agenda for mission in addition to concerns for discipleship and community life.

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Overview

Jesus as depicted in the Fourth Gospel is remarkably dissimilar to the Jesus found in the Synoptic Gospels. In this book, Ben Witherington III places the Gospel of John within its proper literary, historical, social, and theological contexts, especially those dealing with the wisdom traditions of Hellenistic Judaism. What emerges is a compelling argument that the Gospel of John has an agenda for mission in addition to concerns for discipleship and community life.

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Editorial Reviews

J. Ramsey Michaels
...[T]he book is more successful as a commentary than as a monograph on wisdom....[T]his is a useful and innovative exposition of John's Gospel for the general reader. Perhaps its most valuable feature is a section at each chapter's end on "Bridging the Horizons" (that is, between the first century and today)....Witherington's purpose is not, after all, so different from John's: "that you might believe" (or "come to believe," John 20:31).
Society of Biblical Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664256210
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,145,373
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is also on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Background and Foreground of the Fourth Gospel
Pt. I Beginnings: Including the Prologue - John 1:1-2:12
Pt. II The Public Ministry of Jesus: Phase One - John 2:13-4:54
Pt. III The Public Ministry of Jesus: Phase Two - John 5:1-12:11
Pt. IV The Passion Narrative: Phase One - John 12:12-17:26
Pt. V The Passion Narrative: Phase Two - John 18:1-19:42
Pt. VI The Resurrection Narratives: Including the Epilogue - John 20:1-21:25
Appendix: The Woman Caught in Adultery - John 7:53-8:11
Notes
Bibliography
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