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date: 20 June 2019

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This chapter aims to take the narrative identity of the Gospel of John seriously by providing an overview of the scholarly landscape of Johannine research from a literary perspective. Its focus is on how Johannine literary studies from an ideological perspective has reached where it is today, how it got there, and where the field may be heading in the future. The chapter concludes with a literary-ideological reading of John 13:1–11 from the perspective of hospitality. This reading of John 13:1–11 is a small glimpse of an alternative reality in the story world of John—one that exhibits genuine hospitality. Employing point of view as a literary device, the characters allow some vulnerability and discomfort to exist among themselves to allow hospitality to exist.

Keywords: literary, narrative, ideological, hospitality, Fourth Gospel, John, colonial, reader, characterization, postcolonial

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