The Shepherd

John Ashton

in Studying John

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269793
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683817 | DOI:
The Shepherd

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This chapter examines the shepherd discourse as a unit based on content, author or origins, readership or situation, and the work itself. It also raises the question of reciprocal relations between diachronic and synchronic approaches of the passage. The chapter assumes that the shepherd discourse provides a vivid example of the ideological and social opposition between Jesus and the religious leaders of the day. It argues that if the alternative interpretation of John is to be taken seriously, the whole Gospel must be interpreted in the same way. The chapter concludes that, like all other purely synchronic readings, the proposals of Odeberg and Simonis fail to overcome the obstacle of the original aporia: the abrupt shift in theme and mood between chapters 9 and 10 of the Gospel.

Keywords: shepherd discourse; theme; Jesus; John 9; John 10; Odeberg; Simonis

Chapter.  11777 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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