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The Gospel of John in Cultural and Rhetorical Perspective
Neyrey, Jerome H.

Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2009 pp. xx + 489. $37.00


Description: Given all that has been written about the Gospel of John over the past twenty centuries, can anything more possibly be said about it? Yes, says Jerome Neyrey — by reading this “maverick Gospel” in terms of ancient rhetoric and by viewing it in terms of cultural anthropology. By interpreting the text in these two fresh ways, Neyrey distinctively illuminates the Gospel of John, casting new light on its theological message and on such topics as Jesus the revealer practicing secrecy, foot-washing as transformation ritual, and the Jewish background of Jesus’ equality with God, of Jesus being “greater than” Abraham. Neyrey’s scholarly study will certainly educate — and at times provoke — attentive readers.

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

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Review by Steven Hunt
Published 7/10/2010
Citation: Steven Hunt, review of Jerome H. Neyrey, The Gospel of John in Cultural and Rhetorical Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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