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Jesus the Samaritan: Ethnic Labeling in the Gospel of John
Penwell, Stewart

Leiden: Brill, 2019 pp. xvi + 225. $126.00

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Biblical Interpretation, 170

Description: In Jesus the Samaritan: Ethnic Labelling in the Gospel of John, Stewart Penwell examines how ethnic labels function in the Gospel of John. After a review of the discourse history between "the Jews" and "the Samaritans," the dual ethnic labelling in John4:9 and 8:48 are examined and, in each instance, members from "the Jews" and "the Samaritans" label Jesus as a member of each other's group for deviating from what were deemed acceptable practices as a member of "the Jews." The intra-textual links between John 4 and 8 reveal that the function of Jesus's dual ethnic labelling is to establish a new pattern of practices and categories for the "children of God" (1:12; 11:52) who are a trans-ethnic group united in fictive kinship and embedded within the Judean ethnic group's cultural traditions.

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

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Review by Vien V. Nguyen, SCJ
Published 6/18/2020
Citation: Vien V. Nguyen, SCJ, review of Stewart Penwell, Jesus the Samaritan: Ethnic Labeling in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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