Beginning with New Testament reports of John as fisherman and extending through the most recent Johannine scholarship, Culpepper gathers stories from church fathers, the apocryphal acts of John, medieval sources, Victorian poets, and nineteenth-and twentieth-century historians of earliest Christianity about the exploits and the death of this apostle. Culpepper's sweeping study examines a multitude of sources, many of which are widely dispersed and not previously available in English.
Culpepper reveals images of John that suggest the power of historical tradition and legend. The resulting study is one of the most important sources of information about the development of Johannine legends, as well as one of the most successful efforts to overcome barriers that have traditionally separated New Testament exegesis from the study of the history of Christianity.
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Table of Contents
1. Fisherman: The Setting of the Apostle's early life.
2. Son of Thunder: The Apostle in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts.
3. Beloved Disciple: The Apostle in the Fourth Gospel.
4. Elder and Seer: John in the Epistles and the Apocalypse.
5. Obscurity: The Apostle in the Second Century.
6. Saint: The Eagle Soars.
7. Hero: The Acts of the Apostle.
8. Icon: The Apostle in Art and Literature.
9. Historical Figure: The Apostle in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Research.
10. Eclipse and Acclaim: The Apostle in Recent Research.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Three hundred seventy six small-print pages about the life and legends of St. John the Apostle. Culpepper is one of the foremost authorities on Johannine writings, and I¿m a Culpepper fan, but this was overkill.My current project is a story about the making of John¿s Gospel, and naturally, John the Apostle is a primary character. For this, Culpepper¿s book proved to be an exhausting resource. Oops, I meant exhaustive. Must have been a Freudian slip.I had to give the book a strong rating for its research; there is simply nothing like it out there. You¿ll learn stories about John in the Bible, a discussion of his possible identity as the Beloved Disciple of the Fourth Gospel, the evidence of Johannine thinking in the epistles of John, how the Gospel of John gained acceptance in the church (walking first through Gnostic strands of Christianity), various other extra-canonical Christian writings portraying John as a hero, legends about John written by more than twenty church fathers, how he became an icon in art and literature, all leading to current-day opinions by Bible scholars. Whew.Buy it as a reference book.