Rhetoric and Reference in the Fourth Gospel

Rhetoric and Reference in the Fourth Gospel

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This innovative study attempts a comprehensive reading of the Fourth Gospel so as to make sense of its theology, anthropology and history. The most valuable insights of structuralism and reader-response criticism have been taken up, without ignoring what those methods ignore, namely, questions intrinsically related to the Fourth Gospel itself. Moreover, a just appreciation of the text requires the reader to recognize that particular historical situations affect the nature of any narrative.... neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the deada#39;; or the story of doubting Thomas (20.24-29) illustrates Mt. 28.17, ... Johna#39;s love of dialogue and monologue distances the readers and encourages them to think and decide.

Title:Rhetoric and Reference in the Fourth Gospel
Author:Margaret Davies
Publisher:A&C Black - 1992-10-01


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