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The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John
Ajer, Peter Claver

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016 pp. xvi + 198. $26.00

Description: This book's findings are rich and intriguing: In his death, Jesus--the chief architect in the production of space in the Christian realm--founds an alternative community that reorders space and creates a new reality for believers. This new community, which dwells in this radical new space, successfully resists the domination of oppressive regimes and mindsets, such as the Roman Empire. Suffering is transformed here. Many recent biblical studies have utilized various methodologies and historical-critical viewpoints, which have been helpful. However, drawing on theories of space and postcolonial approaches, Dr. Ajer breaks new ground in Johannine studies, a new terrain that will yield much fruit. The new understandings of "space" provide a key with which we may unlock more of the mysteries of the Fourth Gospel, as Ajer here demonstrates with powerful new discoveries and insights into John's Passion narrative.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Gilberto A. Ruiz
Published 3/29/2018
Citation: Gilberto A. Ruiz, review of Peter Claver Ajer, The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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