The Prophetic Gospel: Study of John and the Old Testament

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A&C Black, 2006 M08 15 - 400 páginas
Why is the account of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel so very different from the one we find in the Synoptic Gospels?

Professor Hanson believes that at least part of the answer can be found in the considerable dependence of John's narrative on the Old Testament. The first thirteen chapters of this book are devoted to careful examination of the language of the Gospel in this light. Again and again this shows that passages are heavily influenced by the Old Testament, mostly from the Septuagint but also sometimes by the targumic tradition.

This leads to the conclusion that John was writing what might be called a 'prophetic gospel' rather than an historical account of Jesus' life. He saw many passages in what he regarded as scripture as containing prophecies which must have been fulfilled in the life and teaching of Jesus, despite having no historical basis. Although this is not to say that John freely invented speeches and episodes as he chose, John thus felt justified in departing widely from the early tradition about Jesus. Professor Hanson contends that Johannine scholarship has suffered too much from the conviction that scholars must defend the substantially historical nature of the Fourth Gospel.

The study ends with a consideration of John's christology and of how the Church today should regard the Fourth Gospel.
 

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Contenido

Chapter One The Problem Gospel
1
Chapter Two The Word on Sinai and at Bethel
21
Chapter Three The New Temple the Brazen Serpent
42
Chapter Four The Word as Source of Living Water and of
55
Chapter Five Hearing and Seeing God the Word against
69
Chapter Six Jesus Teaching at the Feast of Tabernacles
96
Chapter Seven The Word as Light and as Angel
116
Chapter Eight The Word as Shepherd and as Son of God
135
Chapter Thirteen Death and Resurrection
215
Chapter Fourteen Johns Use of Scripture
234
Chapter Fifteen The Earthly and the Risen Jesus
254
Chapter Sixteen The Icon of Jesus
271
Chapter Seventeen The Historical Question
293
Chapter Eighteen The Purpose of the Gospel
319
Chapter Nineteen The Fourth Gospel in the Church Today
347
Bibliography
372

Chapter Nine The Approach to the Passion
150
Chapter Ten The Farewell Discourses 1
171
Chapter Twelve The Passion
201

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Anthony Tyrrell Hanson was Professor of Theology at the University of Hull until his retirement in 1982.

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