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Aposynagōgos and the Historical Jesus in John: Rethinking the Historicity of the Johannine Expulsion Passages
Bernier, Jonathan

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. x + 172. $119.00

Series Information
Biblical Interpretation, 122


Description: In this book, Jonathan Bernier utilizes the critical-realist hermeneutics developed by Bernard Lonergan and Ben F. Meyer to survey historical data relevant to the Johannine expulsion passages (John 9:22, 12:42, 16:2). He evaluates the major two contemporary interpretative traditions regarding these passages, namely that they describe not events of Jesusí lifetime but rather the implementation of the Birkat ha-Minim in the first first-century, or that they describe not historical events at all but serve only to construct Johannine identity. Against both traditions Bernier argues that these passages plausibly describe events that could have happened during Jesusí lifetime.

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

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Review by Cornelis Bennema
Published 2/8/2016
Citation: Cornelis Bennema, review of Jonathan Bernier, Aposynagōgos and the Historical Jesus in John: Rethinking the Historicity of the Johannine Expulsion Passages, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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