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One Thing I Know: How the Blind Man of John 9 Leads an Audience toward Belief
Leslie, Britt

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015 pp. xii + 208. $20.00


Description: This work employs multiple methodologies to analyze the story of the man born blind (John 9) in order to discern how this episode serves the greater purpose of the Gospel, stated in 20:31: "so that you may trust that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and through trusting you may have life." The analysis of linguistic patterns; narrative structure; cultural anthropology; and an analysis of irony, humor, and wit are each employed. These are all synthesized in the final chapter, which makes an attempt to discern how an ancient performance of John 9 might look, and how such a performance might sway an ancient audience toward trust in Jesus as Messiah.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Susanne Luther
Published 3/2/2017
Citation: Susanne Luther, review of Britt Leslie, One Thing I Know: How the Blind Man of John 9 Leads an Audience toward Belief, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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