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Rhetoric and Theology: Figural Reading of John 9
Wright IV, William M.

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009 pp. xi + 248. $126.00

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Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fŁr die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der šlteren Kirche, 165

Description: This monograph on John 9 makes extensive use of premodern Christian exegesis as a resource for New Testament studies. The study reframes the existing critique of the two-level reading of John 9 as allegory in terms of premodern exegetical practices. It offers a hermeneutical critique of the two-level reading strategy as a kind of figural exegesis, rather than historical reconstruction, through an extensive comparison with Augustineís interpretation of John 9. A review of several premodern Christian readings of John 9 suggests an alternative way of understanding this account in terms of Greco-Roman rhetoric. John 9 resembles the rhetorical argumentation associated with chreia elaboration and the complete argument to display Jesusí identity as the light of the world. This analysis illustrates the inseparability of form and content, rhetoric and theology, in the Fourth Gospel.

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

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Review by Adele Reinhartz
Published 10/8/2010
Citation: Adele Reinhartz, review of William M. Wright IV, Rhetoric and Theology: Figural Reading of John 9, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2010).

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