John, Jesus, and History, Volume 1: Critical Appraisals of Critical Views

Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, Tom Thatcher
Society of Biblical Lit, 2007 - 356 pages

Over the last two centuries, many scholars have considered the Gospel of John off-limits for all quests for the historical Jesus. That stance, however, creates a new set of problems that need to be addressed thoughtfully. The essays in this book, reflecting the ongoing deliberations of an international group of Johannine and Jesus scholars, critically assess two primary assumptions of the prevalent view: the dehistoricization of John and the de-Johannification of Jesus. The approaches taken here are diverse, including cognitive-critical developments of Johannine memory, distinctive characteristics of the Johannine witness, new historicism, Johannine-Synoptic relations, and fresh analyses of Johannine traditional development. In addition to offering state-of-the-art reviews of Johannine studies and Jesus studies, this volume draws together an emerging consensus that sees the Gospel of John as an autonomous tradition with its own perspective, in dialogue with other traditions. Through this challenging of critical and traditional assumptions alike, new approaches to John’s age-old riddles emerge, and the ground is cleared for new and creative ways forward.

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Critical Views of John Jesus and History
Introductory Matters
The John Jesus and History Project
Why This Study Is Needed and Why It Is Needed Now
Reviews of the Literature How Did John Become the Spiritual Gospel?
The Dehistoricizing of the Gospel of John
How Johnthe Theologian Writes History
The Revisionist Contribution of SomeNineteenthCentury German Scholarship
Johns Literary Unityand the Problem of Historicity
The Transformation of Memory in the Interface of Historyand Theology in John
Ways Forward A Case Study
The Historical Jesus the Scene in the Temple and the Gospel of John
On DealBreakers and Disturbances
Concluding Matters
Assessments and Convergences
Where Do We Go from Here?

The Twentieth Century and Beyond
The Challenge of the Balkanizationof Johannine Studies
Disciplinary Approaches to the Issues Grinding New Lenses and Gaining New Insights
A Source for Jesus Research?
Johannine Truth Claims and Historicity
Friends or Foes?
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors and Authorities
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À propos de l'auteur (2007)

Poul Anderson, November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001 Poul Anderson was born on November 25, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to parents Anton and Astrid. After his father's death, Poul's mother took them first to Denmark and then to Maryland and Minnesota. He earned his degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota, but chose instead to write stories for science fiction magazines, such as "Astounding." Anderson is considered a "hard science fiction" writer, meaning that his books have a basis in scientific fact. To attain this high level of scientific realism, Anderson spent many hours researching his topics with scientists and professors. He liked to write about individual liberty and free will, which was a well known theme in many of his books. He also liked to incorporate his love of Norse mythology into his stories, sometimes causing his modern day characters to find themselves in fantastical worlds, such as in "Three Hearts and Three Lions," published in 1961. Anderson has written over a hundred books, his last novel, "Genesis" won the John W. Campbell Award, one of the three major science fiction awards. He is a former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and won three Nebula awards and nine Hugo Awards. In 1997, Anderson was named a Grandmaster by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and was also inducted into the Science Fiction Fantasy Hall of Fame. Poul Anderson died on July 31, 2001 at the age of 74.

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