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John, Jesus, and History: Volume 1, Critical Appraisals of Critical Views
Just, Felix, Tom Thatcher and Paul†N. Anderson, editors

Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007 pp. viii + 346. $37.95/$145.00

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Description: Over the last two centuries, many scholars have considered the Gospel of John off-limits for all quests for the historical Jesus. That stance, however, creates a new set of problems that need to be addressed thoughtfully. The essays in this book, reflecting the ongoing deliberations of an international group of Johannine and Jesus scholars, critically assess two primary assumptions of the prevalent view: the dehistoricization of John and the de-Johannification of Jesus. The approaches taken here are diverse, including cognitive-critical developments of Johannine memory, distinctive characteristics of the Johannine witness, new historicism, Johannine-Synoptic relations, and fresh analyses of Johannine traditional development. In addition to offering state-of-the-art reviews of Johannine studies and Jesus studies, this volume draws together an emerging consensus that sees the Gospel of John as an autonomous tradition with its own perspective, in dialogue with other traditions. Through this challenging of critical and traditional assumptions alike, new approaches to Johnís age-old riddles emerge, and the ground is cleared for new and creative ways forward.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, Literature


Review by Mark A. Matson
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Published 6/28/2008
Citation: Mark A. Matson, review of Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J., and Tom Thatcher, eds., John, Jesus, and History: Volume 1, Critical Appraisals of Critical Views, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Jan G. van der Watt
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Published 7/5/2008
Citation: Jan G. van der Watt, review of Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J. and Tom Thatcher, eds., John, Jesus, and History: Volume 1, Critical Appraisals of Critical Views, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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