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New Readings in John: Literary and Theological Perspectives. by Johannes Nissen, Sigfred Pedersen

By Johannes Nissen, Sigfred Pedersen

This assortment through Scandinavian students bargains new experiences on classical and glossy difficulties with regards to the Fourth Gospel. There are essays on John and the Synoptics, and on John and the Qumran Scrolls. different essays current new literary methods comparable to the query of the 'implied reader', biblical imagery, and irony and sectarianism. relevant theological matters are mentioned, together with the matter of anti-Judaism, the translation of the dying of Jesus, the idea that of venture, the relation among neighborhood and ethics, and the knowledge of God within the Johannine writings.

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32 New Readings in John book. 4 Finally, in 1992, the conservative English exegete Mark Stibbe published his book, John as Storyteller. 5 These five literary readings of John will be the basis of my reflections on the attempts of the last 25 years to comprehend John as literature, and thus also of my own attempt at a reading. Many other works might have been included. Birger Olsson's text-linguistic analysis from 1974, Structure and Meaning in the Fourth Gospel, was of course a pioneering work.

Malbon, 'Ending at the Beginning', Semeia 52 (1990), pp. 175-84. 14. On this omniscient perspective, see Stibbe, John, pp. 22-24. 17). 30-31, that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God. The readers are informed about the two main titles both in the beginning and at the end of the Gospel. 41, 49), and in the discussion with the Samaritan woman who implicitly accepts that Jesus is the Messiah. The discussions with the Jews in chs. 22-39 give the readers more detailed information about Jesus as Messiah and Son of God.

Yet Jesus knows that everything has been decided in advance. The turning-point of the sequence of events is theresurrection of Lazarus. ' 10 Now only the outcome remains, and the Gospel offers two of the possible endings of the short story: the event is expelled from the world upon which it intruded, and which it upset, namely by the death of Jesus as instigated by Judas, Caiaphas and Pilate. Before this, however, Jesus has at the Last Supper let the divine event pervade the disciples so that the old order is dissolved and a new one established.

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