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Love, Loss, and Abjection: The Journey of New Birth in the Gospel of John
Baffes, Melanie

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016 pp. vii + 147. $21.00


Description: This study explores the premise that the experience of being "born from above" in John's Gospel can be seen as mirroring the development of human subjectivity, particularly as understood through the psychoanalytic work of Julia Kristeva. It draws specifically on Kristeva's theory of how the human self/subject takes shape in infancy, her contention that subjectivity is a work in progress, and her insistence on abjection as a catalyst for developing selfhood. Examining the story of Mary of Bethany (as narrated in John 11-12) through this lens, this analysis seeks to better understand the concept of new birth and how it relates to being fully human.

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

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Review by Douglas Estes
Published 10/10/2019
Citation: Douglas Estes, review of Melanie Baffes, Love, Loss, and Abjection: The Journey of New Birth in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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