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The Discipleship Paradigm: Readers and Anonymous Characters in the Fourth Gospel
     

The Discipleship Paradigm: Readers and Anonymous Characters in the Fourth Gospel

by David Beck, D. R. Beck
 

This volume examines the Fourth Gospel narrative in terms of its character portrayal, especially the portrayal of anonymous characters. It focuses on how characterization impacts readers, eliciting their involvement in the narrative, particularly the recognition of and response to Jesus' identity, and how anonymity facilitates that participation.
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This volume examines the Fourth Gospel narrative in terms of its character portrayal, especially the portrayal of anonymous characters. It focuses on how characterization impacts readers, eliciting their involvement in the narrative, particularly the recognition of and response to Jesus' identity, and how anonymity facilitates that participation.
The first chapters examine the understanding of characterization in contemporary literary theory, then the author explores other contemporaneous narratives for the function of anonymous characters in those narratives. The final chapters examine specific character portrayals in the Fourth Gospel, demonstrating how the narratives of anonymous characters draw the reader into participation in the narrative and enables identification with those characters, especially the disciple Jesus loved, the Johannine paradigm of discipleship.

Editorial Reviews

Thomas L. Brodie
...Beck uses three main kinds of arguments: literary theory, literary practice, and theology (the theology of discipleship)....Beck is on to something. From the opening chapters of Genesis the use of names is significant, and this study constitutes a partial uncovering of another instance of the enigmatic use of names. Beck may have misnamed the data—as Columbus misnamed the new continent—but there is some real discovery. The challenge now for research is to go back again and see whether the nature of this new continent can be clarified.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004107007
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Series:
Biblical Interpretation Series , #27
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David R. Beck, Ph.D. (1994) in New Testament, Duke University, is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He has published an earlier version of his theory of Fourth Gospel anonymity in Semeia 63 (1993).

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