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Gift Upon Gift: Covenant through Word in the Gospel of John
Brown, Sherri

Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2010 pp. 286. $31.00

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Princeton Theological Monograph Series

Description: This study builds upon recent scholarship exploring the significance of the Old Testament covenant metaphor in the Johannine writings. By examining the Gospel of John as a whole through a narrative lens and focusing on several key dialogues, the author sheds light on the dialogical nature of the revelatory process and the central role of covenant for the Fourth Evangelist. Also incorporating recent scholarship that suggests the evangelist understood himself to be writing Scripture based upon fulfillment language present in summary statements across the Gospel, and demonstrating a relationship between the Fourth Gospel and ancient drama that renders speech as action, this work attempts to construct a new paradigm for reading John against the background of the Old Testament covenant metaphor. The claim is twofold: the Johannine story of Jesus Christ is a carefully crafted literary treatise theologically underpinned by discourse on covenant and Scripture, and the Fourth Evangelist provides catechesis to a believing community on the nature of its faith in the God of Israel's ongoing covenant with the created order. By grasping the theological fabric of the evangelist, the richness of the dialogue and imagery of his Gospel is allowed to have its full voice in terms of covenant fulfillment and the ongoing commitment of God to a believing people.

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

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Review by Dirk van der Merwe
Published 6/10/2012
Citation: Dirk van der Merwe, review of Sherri Brown, Gift upon Gift: Covenant through Word in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

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