The Missions Of Jesus And The Disciples According To The Fourth Gospel

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This important new work explores in depth the relationship between the mission of Jesus and of the disciples as presented in the Gospel of John, and explores the implications of these findings for the contemporary church. Based on a comprehensive semantic field of study that integrates biblical studies, theology, and missiology, this volume represents the first time such an approach has been used for the study of mission in John.

Andreas Köstenberger begins by surveying the ...

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Overview

This important new work explores in depth the relationship between the mission of Jesus and of the disciples as presented in the Gospel of John, and explores the implications of these findings for the contemporary church. Based on a comprehensive semantic field of study that integrates biblical studies, theology, and missiology, this volume represents the first time such an approach has been used for the study of mission in John.

Andreas Köstenberger begins by surveying the state of research on mission in the Fourth Gospel, then covers foundational linguistic, definitional, and literary matters. The succeeding two chapters contain the actual study of the missions of Jesus and of the disciples. In discussing the disciples' mission, special attention is given to the question of how later generations of disciples should be related to Jesus' original followers.

The volume concludes with a chapter on the implications of Köstenberger's findings for the Fourth Gospel's purpose and for the mission of the contemporary church. Köstenberger engages recent missiological constructs based on the Fourth Gospel, most notably the so-called "incarnational model" of mission, and concludes that this model is seriously flawed and should be replaced by a "representational model" that views Jesus' followers as his representatives, who do not share in the theologically unique aspects of his incarnation.

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Editorial Reviews

Pacifica
Köstenberger's study has many strengths. It is well written and a number of important issues are resolved with clarity and conviction.... Careful scholarship makes this book...another valuable contribution to scholarly reflection upon the theme of mission in the Fourth Gospel.
Missiology
"An interestingly nuanced, in-depth, and balanced study with important theological as well as missiological implications for the contemporary church.... This important study is of particular value to biblical interpreters, theological professors, missiologists, missionaries, mission leaders, and parish pastors and should be in their school and church libraries."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842558
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,087,575
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Lists of Figures and Excursuses
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Subject in Recent Scholarship 5
I The Period from 1964 to 1974 6
II The Period from 1975 to 1984 10
III The Period from 1985 to 1994 12
Ch. 2 Foundations 17
I Linguistic Foundations 18
II Definitional Foundations 37
III Literary Foundations 42
Ch. 3 The Mission of Jesus According to the Fourth Gospel 45
I The Person of Jesus 46
II The Task of Jesus 52
III The Charge of Jesus 81
Ch. 4 The Mission of the Disciplesr According to the Fourth Gospel 141
I The Group of the Disciples 142
II The Task of the Disciples 169
III The Charge of the Disciples 176
Ch. 5 Implications 199
I The Definition of Mission Revisited 199
II Implications for the Purpose of the Fourth Gospel 200
III Implications for the Mission of the Contemporary Church 210
Bibliography 221
Indexes
Subjects 245
Names 252
Scripture References 257
Greek Words 269
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