Apprehension of Jesus in the Gospel of John
Tam, Josaphat C.
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. xvii + 265. €79.00
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2, 399
Description: Josaphat C. Tam discusses the “apprehension of Jesus” concept in John’s Gospel by focusing on
the apostle’s use of seeing, hearing, knowing, witnessing, remembering and believing terms. In
so doing, the author contributes to a better understanding of the concept and John’s
persuasive strategies by delineating a four-phased apprehension of Jesus in line with the
overall plot. On this basis, he postulates four aspects of John’s intended impact. Firstly, John
has a dual faith-engendering goal targeted at believers and non-believing alike while he
secondly skillfully reminds his audience of the importance of Jesus’ “presentness” as a living,
omniscient and divine being. Thirdly, the past activities of “seeing” and “hearing” in the Gospel
are associated with reading John’s trustworthy testimony in the present. Finally, the belief or
unbelief of readers is exposed to challenging possibilities when the narrated Jesus is
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches
Review by Deolito Vender Vistar Jr.
Citation: Deolito Vender Vistar Jr., review of Josaphat C. Tam, Apprehension of Jesus in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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