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John the Son of Zebedee (Studies on Personalities of the New Testament) Paperback – June 1, 2000
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"Learned and well written." --International Review of Biblical Studies, vol. 47: 2000/2001
About the Author
R. Alan Culpepper is Professor of Religion at McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, and one of the leaders in Gospel of John research. He is the author of 1, 2, 3 John (1985), The Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design (Fortress Press, 1983), and The Johannine School (1975).
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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.
A waste of time.