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The Fourth Gospel and the Scriptures: Illuminating the Form and Meaning of Scriptural Citation in John 19:37
Bynum, Wm. Randolph

Leiden: Brill, 2012 pp. xii + 213. $140.00

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Supplements to Novum Testamentum, 144

Description: In The Fourth Gospel and the Scriptures, new insights from 4QXII manuscripts and the Minor Prophets Scroll help unlock the mystery of Johnís unique form of scriptural citation. Focusing on 19:37, Bynum argues convincingly that Johnís citation from Zechariah is both accurate and historically reliable. Carefully considering the biblical textual milieu of the era brings to light Johnís concern for fidelity to the prominent Hebrew text of his day, and for the correctness of the Septuagint form of the citation. From this analysis new light is shed on the critical role the citation plays in the Johannine Passion Narrative, and its meaning within the theological development of the Fourth Gospel.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Zechariah, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Justin Langford
Published 6/27/2014
Citation: Justin Langford, review of Wm. Randolph Bynum, The Fourth Gospel and the Scriptures: Illuminating the Form and Meaning of Scriptural Citation in John 19:37, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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