Understanding the Fourth Gospel

Paperback | November 30, 2008

byJohn Ashton

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In this fully revised new edition of a pioneering study of John's gospel, John Ashton explores fresh topics and takes account of the latest scholarly debates. Ashton argues first that the thought-world of the gospel is Jewish, not Greek, and secondly that the text is many-layered, not simple,and composed over an extended period as the evangelist responded to the changing situation of the community he was addressing. Ashton seeks to provide new and coherent answers to what Rudolf Bultmann called the two great riddles of the gospel: its position in the development of Christian thought andits central or governing idea. In arguing that the first of these should be concerned rather with Jewish thought Ashton offers a partial answer to the most important and fascinating of all the questions confronted by New Testament scholarship: how did Christianity emerge from Judaism? Bultmann'ssecond riddle is exegetical, and concerns the message of the book. Ashton's answer highlights a generally neglected feature of the gospel's concept of revelation: its debt to Jewish apocalyptic.

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In this fully revised new edition of a pioneering study of John's gospel, John Ashton explores fresh topics and takes account of the latest scholarly debates. Ashton argues first that the thought-world of the gospel is Jewish, not Greek, and secondly that the text is many-layered, not simple,and composed over an extended period as the ...

John Ashton is a Former University Lecturer in New Testament Studies, and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.24 inPublished:November 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199544220

ISBN - 13:9780199544226

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Genesis1. Religious Dissent2. The Community and its Book3. Messiah4. Son of God5. Son of Man6. Messenger of GodII. RevelationIntroduction7. Intimations of Apocalyptic8. The Gospel Genre9. The Story of Wisdom10. Dualism11. Departure and Return12. Passion and Resurrection13. The Medium and the Message

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`The new edition of Understanding the Fourth Gospel will continue to be consulted as a highly significant volume and a standard text on John's Gospel. It offers fresh insight into this theologically rich gospel. 'Paul Foster, Expository Times