The Making of a Consensus

Charles E. Hill

in The Johannine Corpus in the Early Church

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199264582
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602085 | DOI:
 The Making of a Consensus

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Details how the consensus position on orthodox Johannophobia evolved and gained its hegemony in the academy. Beginning with views promulgated by the German scholar Walter Bauer in 1934 in his highly influential book, Rechtgläubigkeit und Ketzerei im ältesten Christentum, reviews the work of major Johannine and early Christian scholars to the end of the twentieth century. After a brief stalemate in the early 1960s, due to the work of F.-M. Braun, and despite other noteworthy dissenters (Hengel, Nagel), the notion that the gnostics warmly received John while the orthodox ignored or resisted it until about the time of Irenaeus, has gained a general acceptance.

Keywords: Bauer; Braun; gnostic; Hengel; Irenaeus; Johannophobia

Chapter.  22034 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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