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A Divine Round Trip: The Literary and Christological Function of the Descent/Ascent Leitmotif in the Gospel of John
Humble, Susan Elizabeth

Leuven: Peeters, 2016 pp. xii + 226. Ä61.00

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Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 79


Description: How does the Evangelist utilize the Descent/Ascent Leitmotif to shape the telling of Jesus' story, and what is he conveying by incorporating this round trip language? The argument of this book is that the Descent/Ascent Leitmotif, which includes the language of not only descending and ascending, but also coming, going, and being sent, performs a significant literary and christological function in the Gospel of John. The Evangelist's Descent/Ascent Leitmotif becomes the Gospel's organizing principle, drawing together this constellation of verbs and a number of christological themes, including Jesus' origin, identity, relationship to God, authority, signs and works, life, and glory. Using a thematic structural method, this book illustrates the transforming influence of the Leitmotif on these themes from which John's Christology emerges. Additionally, this book examines the spatial dimensions and christological importance of the vertical and horizontal depictions of Jesus' divine round trip.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism

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Review by William Loader
Published 10/26/2017
Citation: William Loader, review of Susan Elizabeth Humble, A Divine Round Trip: The Literary and Christological Function of the Descent/Ascent Leitmotif in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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