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St John and the Victorians
Wheeler, Michael

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012 pp. xvi + 269. £55.00


Description: The Gospel according to St John, often regarded as the most important of the gospels in the account it gives of Jesus' life and divinity, received close attention from nineteenth-century biblical scholars and prompted a significant response in the arts. This original interdisciplinary study of the cultural afterlife of John in Victorian Britain places literature, the visual arts and music in their religious context. Discussion of the Evangelist, the Gospel and its famous prologue is followed by an examination of particular episodes that are unique to John. Michael Wheeler's research reveals the depth of biblical influence on British culture and on individuals such as Ruskin, Holman Hunt and Tennyson. He makes a significant contribution to the understanding of culture, religion and scholarship in the period.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Judith Lieu
Published 6/27/2014
Citation: Judith Lieu, review of Michael Wheeler, St John and the Victorians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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