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Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John
Hunt, Steven A., D. Francois Tolmie and Ruben Zimmermann, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013 pp. xvii + 724. $330.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 314


Description: This volume represents the most thorough study of characters and characterization in the Fourth Gospel heretofore published. Building on several different narrative approaches, the contributors assembled here offer sixty-two essays related to characters and group characters in John. Among these are detailed studies presenting fresh perspectives on characters who play a major role in the Gospel (e. g., Peter, Mary Magdalene, etc.), as well as original studies of characters who have never been the focus of narrative analysis before, characters often glossed over in commentaries as insignificant (e. g., the boy with theloaves and fish, the parents of the man born blind, etc.). Clearly, characters in John stand in the shadow of the protagonist – Jesus. In this volume, however, they step fully into the light. Thus illuminated, it becomes clear how complex and nuanced many of them are.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Craig R. Koester
Published 3/13/2015
Citation: Craig R. Koester, review of Steven A. Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie, and Ruben Zimmermann, eds., Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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