- The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies
- The Text of The Gospel and Letters of John
- Literary Sources of the Gospel and Letters of John
- John and other Gospels
- The Story of the Johannine Community and its Literature
- The Beloved Disciple, the Fourth Evangelist, and the Authorship of the Fourth Gospel
- The Gospel of John and Archaeology
- The Jews of the Fourth Gospel
- The Johannine Literature in a Greek Context
- The Johannine Literature and Contemporary Jewish Literature
- The Johannine Literature and the Gnostics
- The Fourth Gospel as Narrative and Drama
- Ideological Readings of the Fourth Gospel
- Gender and the Fourth Gospel
- Social-Scientific Readings of the Gospel and Letters of John
- Symbolism and ‘Signs’ in the Fourth Gospel
- Dualism and the World in the Gospel and Letters of John
- Eschatology and Time in the Gospel of John
- The Person of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John
- The Purpose of the Ministry and Death of Jesus in the Gospel of John
- Faith, Eternal Life, and the Spirit in the Gospel of John
- Ethics in Community in the Gospel and Letters of John
- Temple, Festivals, and Scripture in the Gospel Of John
- The Johannine Literature and the Canon
- Johannine Commentaries in the Early Church
- Index Locorum
- General Index
Abstract and Keywords
In the Gospel of John, the narrative is determined and driven by two issues: (1) the nature of the person of Jesus Christ and (2) the conflict between faith and unbelief. The Prologue at the start already gives basic answers to these questions. In the first part of the Gospel (John 1:19–12: 50), the miracle stories shape the narrative and theological centre: in the signs, Jesus turns to humanity. In the second part (John 13:1–20: 31), the teaching and suffering of Jesus Christ dominate. The Christological titles are embedded in the whole narrative. Narrative Christology and titular Christology are linked in John, but at the same time, the Christological titles have their own significance because, as storehouses of knowledge and bearers of meaning, they express concisely who and what Jesus Christ is for believers. Finally, theological concerns determine the structure of the Fourth Gospel.
Udo Schnelle is Professor of New Testament Emeritus, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. His research interests include the Pauline and Johannine Literature and the History of Early Christianity. He is the author of Theology of the New Testament (2009), Die ersten 100 Jahre des Christentums (2015), and Das Evangelium nach Johannes (5th edition; 2016).
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