The Gospel According to John: A Literary and Theological Commentary

Paperback | November 1, 1997

byThomas L. Brodie

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This commentary expands Johannine studies in two directions. First, drawing on the methods of literary criticism, it gives new force to a view which is both ancient and modern--that John's gospel, far from being a poorly-edited mixture of sometimes-conflicting traditions, is in fact a coherentunity, an account of Jesus which, however diverse its sources, is a finely-chiselled work of art. Second, it indicates that the unity of John's gospel is founded ultimately not on history or theology but on spirituality. This too corresponds to a view which is both very old--John was always known asthe spiritual gospel--and very recent. The present study spells out that idea in new detail. It indicates that the account of Jesus is so written that the tensions and complexities of the text reflect the tensions and complexities of human life, providing the reader not only with an account of Jesusbut also with an anthropology--a map of the development of the human spirit.

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This commentary expands Johannine studies in two directions. First, drawing on the methods of literary criticism, it gives new force to a view which is both ancient and modern--that John's gospel, far from being a poorly-edited mixture of sometimes-conflicting traditions, is in fact a coherentunity, an account of Jesus which, however d...

Thomas L. Brodie is at Dominican Biblical Centre for Teaching and Research, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 1.18 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195118111

ISBN - 13:9780195118117

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