The Gospel of John

Catrin H. Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199204540
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Gospel of John

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This article surveys the outline, form, and content of the Gospel of John. If the significance or impact of a text could be measured by the variety of memorable designations attributed to it by subsequent interpreters, the Gospel of John would, simply on this basis alone, be granted pride of place among the New Testament writings. The text of John's Gospel, in its present form, can be divided into two main parts framed by a prologue (1:1–18) and an epilogue (21:1–25). The first major section depicts the public ministry of Jesus (1:19–12:50) and the second contains Jesus' farewell discourse to his disciples and an account of his death and resurrection (13:1–20:31). Although several themes appear in different configurations throughout the text, the structural divisions reveal a close alignment between the order of various episodes and the distribution of key themes and motifs, some of which are examined.

Keywords: John; gospel; New Testament; Jesus; public ministry; resurrection

Article.  6993 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity

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