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Studies in John's Gospel and Epistles: Collected Essays
Menken, Maarten J.J.

Leuven: Peeters, 2015 pp. xiv + 455. Ä72.00

Series Information
Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 77


Description: This volume brings together twenty-two essays on the Gospel and the Epistles of John, published in the period 1980-2014. They are the fruit of a lifelong fascination with the Johannine literature, first with the Gospel, later also with the Epistles. The first twelve chapters concern themes from Johannine literature: translation, theological issues, use and significance of the Old Testament and of Jewish tradition, and introductory questions concerning Johnís Epistles. The next ten chapters are studies of individual passages from Gospel and Epistles, with a special interest in passages in which interpretation of Scripture figures prominently. Together, the chapters show that a Christology centring on the human being Jesus as the only revealer of God is the heart of Johannine theology, that the Jewish Scriptures are used in Johnís Gospel to legitimate Jesus as Godís revealer, and that this Gospel is a writing that claims to constitute a new Holy Scripture.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Cornelis Bennema
Published 2/16/2017
Citation: Cornelis Bennema, review of Maarten J. j. Menken, Studies in John's Gospel and Epistles: Collected Essays, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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