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The Lord of the Gospel of John: Narrative Theory, Textual Criticism, and the Semantics of Kyrios
Riley, Paul C. J.

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. xii + 223. Ä69.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/478

Description: In the Gospel of John, one aspect of Jesusí divinity is his lordship. Paul C.J. Riley examines Jesusí lordship through the use of one Christological title, kyrios, a word which can be translated as Lord, master, owner or sir. Because kyrios is often used by characters in the narrative, Riley considers it from a narrative perspective. As a result, the first question he examines is how kyrios functions. In addition, due to textual variation for some occurrences of kyrios, the next question addressed is where kyrios is. From a firm narrative and textual foundation, the final question the author asks is what kyrios means. The answers to these three questions provide a comprehensive understanding of Jesusí divine lordship in the Gospel of John.

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

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Review by Joshua J. Coutts
Published 1/23/2020
Citation: Joshua J. Coutts, review of Paul C. J. Riley, The Lord of the Gospel of John: Narrative Theory, Textual Criticism, and the Semantics of Kyrios, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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