- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans (November 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080286872X
- ISBN-13: 978-0802868725
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel Paperback – November 11, 2013
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-- Luther Seminary
"Recent scholarship on John’s Gospel has opened fresh perspectives on the book’s historical context and its significance for the study of the historical Jesus. This welcome volume by Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher invites readers to consider the Gospel in light of the socially complex world of Roman Palestine. Following an interdisciplinary approach, they engage not only the best recent literary and historical work on John but also major developments in the field of media studies. The result is a contribution that will engage the attention of scholars and students alike."
Craig S. Keener
-- Asbury Theological Seminary
"Two skilled scholars here provide a brilliant and creative synthesis of literary and social-historical-political approaches. Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher offer fresh ideas in an area of scholarship that has sometimes become stagnant. . . . Their holistic approach to the Fourth Gospel is innovative, well-informed, and informative."
Werner H. Kelber
-- Rice University
"Challenging an established scholarly history of isolating sayings from Gospel narratives and dissecting texts into sources, Horsley and Thatcher exhibit an admirable aptitude for synthesis. Their approach combines narrative criticism, text criticism, media studies, performance criticism, and a sociology of power relations into a unified theory. Thoughtfully perceptive and genuinely innovative, this timely book may well change the way we think about the Gospels as historical narratives, the feasibility of the Jesus quest, and the conventional divide between the Gospel of John and the Synoptics."
“Horsley and Thatcher have produced a book that presents an effective synthesis of their understandings of Jesus and his mission in the Gospel of John. . . . The book is clear and accessible and will benefit biblical scholars, pastors, and students alike. It deserves a broad readership, especially among those with a keen interest in Johannine studies. It is a book to which I will return again and again.”
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The authors set their reading of John’s gospel as a complement to prior readings focusing on John’s unique Christological vision. They attempt to show the historical rootedness and coherent narrative of the gospel. By highlighting the historical dimension of John’s gospel, they hope to demonstrate the value of it in contributing to the profile of the historical Jesus and his mission. They admit that their offering is merely a “provisional sketch” that they hope will lead to more in-depth studies on the topic.
According to the authors, a first step in understanding any of the gospels is to “take the Gospel stories whole, and then to focus on their overall portrayal of Jesus’ mission in interaction with followers and with the rulers of the people in the circumstances of the historical setting.” They emphasize the power of the narrative story opposed to dissecting the gospel into fragments hoping to find clues to the “real” historical Jesus. For the authors, the collective memory of the people of Israel for their traditions and life of Jesus flows into the narrative as a whole rather than being distinct parts collected somewhat randomly. In their reading of John, the authors look to the purpose of the literary flow of the gospel story. They claim “we focus on the text as performed in context as it references the cultural tradition (memory).”
The book reveals several key elements of the political climate between Galilee, Judea and Samaria that shine a light on dynamics of the gospel stories. Additionally, the authors offer enlightening insights into how the Jewish traditions were transmitted among Jewish communities orally and in writing. The contrasts between learning processes in different communities of Israel and Samaria are brought out in terms of conflicting geographical communities.
The historical assertions of the authors draw heavily from the few known writings of the time including Josephus, inter-testamental Jewish writings and Rabbinic sources. They compare John’s narrative to the synoptics, especially Mark, to substantiate their claims regarding Jesus’ mission of renewal.
The book solidly makes the case for Jesus’ mission involving the renewal of the people of Israel over against the corrupt Jewish rulers in Jerusalem and the brutal Roman authorities. Readers are sure to gain insights into the historical climate and many tensions among the populations. Despite some redundancy through the book, the authors have made a worthy contribution to helping scholars better understand the work of Jesus and his accomplishments.