Description: Applying a comprehensive theory of character to the Gospel of John, Cornelis Bennema provides a fresh analysis of both the characters and their responses to Jesus. While the majority of scholars view most Johannine characters as “flat,” Bennema demonstrates that many are complex, developing, and “round.” John’s broad array of characters and their responses to Jesus correspond to people and their choices in real life in any culture and time. This book highlights how John’s Gospel seeks to challenge its readers, past and present, about where they stand in relation to Jesus.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology
Review by Jo-Ann A. Brant
Citation: Jo-Ann A. Brant, review of Cornelis Bennema, Encountering Jesus: Character Studies in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
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