The Johannine Corpus In The Early Church

Paperback | May 6, 2006

byCharles E. Hill

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How were the Johannine books of the New Testament received by second-century Christians and accorded scriptural status? Charles E. Hill offers a fresh and detailed examination of this question. He dismantles the long-held theory that the Fourth Gospel was generally avoided or resisted byorthodox Christians, while being treasured by various dissenting groups, throughout most of the second century. Integrating a wide range of literary and non-literary sources, this book demonstrates the failure of several old stereotypes about the Johannine literature. It also collects the fullevidence for the second-century Church's conception of these writings as a group: the Johannine books cannot be isolated from each other but must be recognized as a corpus.

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How were the Johannine books of the New Testament received by second-century Christians and accorded scriptural status? Charles E. Hill offers a fresh and detailed examination of this question. He dismantles the long-held theory that the Fourth Gospel was generally avoided or resisted byorthodox Christians, while being treasured by var...

Charles E. Hill is Professor of New Testament at the Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:May 6, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and TableAbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: The Orthodox Johannophobia Theory1. The Making of a Consensus2. The State of the Question and Plan of this BookPart II: The Johannine Writings in the Second Century3. John among the Orthodox c.170-2004. Gaius of Rome and the Johannine Controversy5. John and 'the Gnostics'6. John among the Orthodox, 150-c.1707. John among the Orthodox, before c.150Part III: The 'Johannine Corpus' in the Second Century8. Evidence for a Johannine Corpus9. ConclusionChronologyBibliographyIndex

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`Seldom does one encounter a book that both challenges so trenchantly perspectives advocated by so many and makes the case so persuasively.'The Catholic Biblical Quarterly