This book explores the accounts of communal meals and the metaphorical use of food and drink language in the narrative world of the Gospel of John. It argues that the Johannine community regularly gathered for communal meals in which the food and drink on the menu would have taken on a spiritual significance far exceeding the physical sustenance. The study employs a socio-rhetorical methodology and consequently moves from text to context. It tentatively describes the texts’ influence on the formation of early Christian identity and suggests that the Johannine meal accounts provide a way to imagine the demographic composition of the community and its historical context.
Dining with John
By Seong Whan Timothy Hyun, Faith Evangelical College & Seminary in Tacoma, WA
In reading Job 1-11, Bakhtin’s dialogism and chronotope define each different voice as a unique and equally weighted voice and reveal its dialogical interaction with other voices to produce better questions about Job rather than answers.
By Timo Eskola, University of Helsinki
Reading Heikki Räisänen’s hermeneutics in context, Timo Eskola explores the development of Western New Testament interpretation. Proposing sociology as the link between standard historicism and poststructuralism, Räisänen reinterprets the sociology of knowledge. He substitutes sacralized ...
In Aposynagōgos and the Historical Jesus in John, Bernier argues that the Johannine expulsion passages could plausibly describe events that occurred during Jesus' lifetime.
By Anna Rebecca Solevåg, School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger, Norway
In Birthing Salvation Anna Rebecca Solevåg shows how childbearing discourse interfaces with salvation discourse in the Pastoral Epistles, the Acts of Andrew and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas. Issues of gender and class are explored through an intersectional analysis.
Edited by Jan van der Watt, Radboud University Nijmegen
The question ‘Which is the real Jesus’ is approached from different perspectives, illustrating the role the quest for the historical Jesus plays within a wider framework, including not only historical, but also philosophical and hermeneutical issues.
By Ingeborg Mongstad-Kvammen
Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Epistle of James offers an interpretation of Jas 2:1-13 putting the text in the midst of its Roman imperial context.
Eric J. Gilchrest, Judson College, Alabama, USA
In Revelation 21-22 in Light of Jewish and Greco-Roman Utopianism, Eric J. Gilchrest offers a creative and compelling reading of Revelation 21-22 as understood through the lenses of ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish utopianism.
Phillip Michael Sherman, Maryville College, TN
Ancient Jewish Interpreters read and rewrote the biblical narrative of the Tower of Babel to address various challenges to the identity of 'Israel' in the Second Temple and early rabbinic periods.
Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher, Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversität Linz
Die Darstellung der erzählten Welten im Richterbuch zeigt anhand einer narratologische Analyse der einzelnen Erzählzyklen wie die (Re)konstruktion einer Epoche Israels in einem vielstimmigen Diskurs zwischen Bewunderung und Befremden entfaltet wird. The analysis of the narrated worlds in the ...
By Douglas Estes, Dominican Biblical Institute, Limerick, Ireland
In The Questions of Jesus in John Douglas Estes crafts a theory of question-asking based on insights from ancient rhetoric and modern linguistics in order to investigate the logical and rhetorical purposes of Jesus' questions in the Fourth Gospel.
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