- Series: John, Jesus and History (Book 44)
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature; First Edition edition (November 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589832930
- ISBN-13: 978-1589832930
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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John, Jesus, and History, Volume 1: Critical Appraisals of Critical Views (Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series) Paperback – November 14, 2007
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Paul N. Anderson is Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University. He is the author of The Christology of the Fourth Gospel (Trinity Press International) and The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus (T&T Clark). Felix Just, S.J., is an Associate Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, California. Author of numerous reviews and essays, he is the creator of the Johannine Literature website and a manager of the Johannine Literature listserve. Tom Thatcher is Professor of New Testament at Cincinnati Christian University. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Jesus in Johannine Tradition (Westminster John Knox), The Riddles of Jesus in John: A Study in Tradition and Folklore, and New Currents through John: A Global Perspective (both from the Society of Biblical Literature).
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Author Paul N. Anderson, whom I follow on Academia.edu, is an expert on the fourth Gospel. He is professor of Biblical Studies, and author of The Christology of the Fourth Gospel, and The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus.
Joined by Felix Just, S. J., creator of the Johannine Literature web site and Tom Thatcher, professor of New Testament at Cincinnati Christian University, makes
this book yet another monitor of the tide in exegesis of the New Testament.
For a long time N. T. scholars have took the Alexandrine Sarx-Logos Christology of John's Gospel with some suspicion, even if St. Cyril, its greatest advocate is a Doctor of the Church. Such attitude grew with the rise of the Quest for Historical Jesus move. This volume, a collection of papers of the ‘John, Jesus and History group’ of Society of Biblical Literature, veering from that concept, deconstructing the historical quest of John’ and the Johannine Christology of Jesus’.
Signs of a return of Historical Jesus studies to pay attention to the fourth Gospel, that seems to have more specific historical facts than the Synoptics. There is a compelling essay by A. Lincoln, offering less comfort to those who wish to ascribe historicity to John's Gospel. C. Conway offers a careful reading, with an illuminating analogy between different recent evidence and testimony about Jesus. Meanwhile, there is an essay by P. Frederikson, that may cause discomfort.
It is certainly an odd thing that John's Gospel, which has more archaeological and topographical evidence than all the synoptic gospels put together, has come to be viewed as ‘pseudo-historical’. Not that this work is either a mere defense of the gospel's historicity, or an attempt to return to the pre-critical days.The aim of the authors, is to bring John's Gospel back into the scholarly conversation about the historical Jesus; and, as Tom Thatcher introductory remarks clearly indicate.
This is a thoroughly critical study, posing the question of whether current critical attitudes to the fourth gospel are themselves critically oriented. P. Anderson offers a balanced essay on the pros and cons of most deliberations that have led to the common view of John's as ‘unhistorical’, on the grounds that it presents too ‘ideological’ a picture of Jesus. Kyser's essay is a model survey of the English-language treatment of the issue, Verheyden contributes a thorough account of the 19th C. German Scholarship.
M. Powell, continues the survey on into the 20th century, especially in English; suggesting that we may be on the brink of a new era in the study of the Fourth Gospel. Carson's compelling essay on he literature speaks, aptly enough, of the ‘Balkanization’ of Johannine studies, and of ‘clumps of opinions and approaches that regularly talk past one another’ ; and he concludes with an interesting suggestion about how to push the debate forward, one which I fear will not be taken up.