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John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel

John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel

by Richard Horsley, Tom Thatcher


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In this book Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher trace the Gospel of John's portrayal of Jesus as a prophet of renewal by reading the text against a double backdrop -- the social history of Roman Palestine and the media world of John.

This innovative study is the first to consider the Gospel of John as story in the ancient media context of oral communication and oral performance. Horsley and Thatcher creatively combine concerns from the fields of Jesus studies and ancient media studies in their analysis. Taking the main conflict evident in John's story of Jesus as the key to its plot, they discern how this Gospel -- usually read as spiritual -- portrays Jesus engaged in a concrete program of renewal and resistance.

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ISBN-13: 9780802868725
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Horsley is distinguished professor emeritus of liberalarts and the study of religion at the University ofMassachusetts, Boston. Among his many previous booksare Jesus and Empire and Jesus and thePowers.,

Tom Thatcher is professor of biblical studies at CincinnatiChristian University and a founder of the John, Jesus, andHistory Group in the Society of Biblical Literature. His otherbooks include Jesus the Riddler: The Power ofAmbiguity in the Gospels and Why John Wrotea Gospel: Jesus — Memory — History.

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