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date: 19 February 2019

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This chapter examines the development and trajectories of the study of the Gospel of John as a unified narrative, Johannine literary techniques, and how the experience of the reader becomes a significant focus of research. Besides looking at the role of recognition and reversals in the Gospel’s plot and the distinctive features of Johannine characterization, special attention is given to the use of techniques that give the Gospel a dramatic quality. These include such things as the use of direct speech to tell the story and to serve as the main action, Johannine construction of space and time to provide a sense of ‘lived experience’, and the role of irony and suspense as a means of engaging the reader.

Keywords: drama, tragedy, mimesis, deictic, suspense, irony, ekphrasis, emplotment

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