John: A Daring Vision of Faith

John: A Daring Vision of Faith

by Leonard Doohan

Paperback

$28.00
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, March 22

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532606571
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/31/2016
Series: Biblical Spirituality and Everyday Life
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Independent Church's Vision of Faith 1

A different understanding of the good news 1

A local church's interpretation of faith 3

Dedication to the essentials of religion 4

Gospel for a new age 6

Chapter 1 The World of John's Gospel 9

The Beginnings of Christianity 10

The Jesus of history 10

Jesus of faith 12

The Jewish Boots of Christianity 14

Judaism 14

The religious parties of Judaism 16

Hellenistic Setting of Early Christianity 19

The Hellenistic world 19

The diaspora Jews 21

History of Early Christianity 23

Missionary expansion 23

The organization of the early Church 24

The Setting of John's Gospel 26

Influences on John's expression of faith 26

Membership of John's community 28

The history of John's community 30

Location of John's community 31

Chapter 2 The Author of the Fourth Gospel 33

John in Tradition 34

Some unique features of the Fourth Gospel 34

Early testimonies concerning the author 35

The Beloved Disciple 37

John the evangelist 39

John the Author 41

The Fourth Gospel's style 41

Some specific stylistic features 42

Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel 44

His readers 45

John and the Synoptics 46

The tradition behind John 46

John's sources 47

John's relationship to the Synoptics 49

The redaction of John 50

The Johannine School 52

A community tradition 52

Other Johannine writings 53

A regional church 54

Chapter 3 Proclamation for a New Age 57

John's Understanding of History 58

A new age made known in history 58

John's concept of history 60

Reinterpretation of tradition 62

Eschatology in the Fourth Gospel 63

Eschatology 63

Realized eschatology 64

Judgment 66

Dualistic Concepts 67

Light or darkness 68

Truth or falsehood 69

The other world or this world 70

Spirit or flesh 71

Vision of a New Age 72

The Prologue 72

The Baptist's testimony 74

A new order replaces the old 75

John: evangelist and interpreter 76

Chapter 4 The Purpose of John 79

Aims of the Fourth Evangelist 80

Influences on the purpose of John 80

Recent studies of John's gospel 81

Pastoral concerns and interests 83

Structure of John 84

The Gift of life 88

Life in Christ 88

Conditions for receiving life 90

Fullness of life 91

The Signs 93

Nature of Johannine signs 93

Structure and number of the signs 95

Teaching of the signs 97

The Discourses 99

John's use of the discourses 99

The teachings of the discourses 100

Chapter 5 Portraits of God 105

The Father 105

"The Father possesses life in himself" 105

God's love for the world 107

The Father and Jesus 108

Jesus 110

"We saw his glory" 111

The preexistent Lord 111

The Word 113

The Son 114

Savior of the world 116

"The Word became Flesh" 119

The ministry 119

The Last Supper 121

The Passion 122

The Resurrection 125

The Holy Spirit 127

"God… does not ration his gift of the Spirit." 127

The Paraclete 128

Chapter 6 Discipleship in John 131

Nature of Discipleship in John 132

Disciples are Jesus' own 132

Discipleship - a transforming gift 133

Active responses 134

Abide in me 135

Disciples in John 136

The first disciples 136

Other models of discipleship 138

Women disciples in John 139

Rejection of the Sinful World 140

"Do you also want to leave?" 140

Prove the world wrong about sin 142

Commitment to Believe 144

Journeys to faith 144

Nature of belief in John 147

Life in God 150

Love of God 150

Love of others 151

Chapter 7 Church in John 155

Nature of the Church in John 156

Church in the Fourth Gospel 156

Models of Church in John 158

Living as Church 161

A sharing Church 161

Baptism 162

Eucharist 164

Other Johannine rituals 165

Authority in the Church 166

Ministerial leadership 166

Institutionalized authority 167

Mary the mother of Jesus 170

Mission in John's Community 171

Mission and ministry 171

Witnessing 172

Building unity 174

A Concluding Word from the Johannine Jesus 177

Notes 179

Bibliography 193

Index of Subjects 199

Index of Authors 205

Index of Scripture References 207

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews