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by Paul N. Anderson

Download The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel: An Introduction to John ePub
  • ISBN 080060427X
  • ISBN13 978-0800604271
  • Language English
  • Author Paul N. Anderson
  • Publisher Fortress Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Pages 288
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  • Category Bibles
  • Subcategory Bible Study and Reference
  • Size ePub 1518 kb
  • Size Fb2 1788 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 524

Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for a semester course, which leads students through literary, historical, and theological aspects of the Fourth Gospel's most vexing puzzles. Traditional, historical-critical, and literary-critical approaches are deftly introduced and their limitations evaluated; questions of the Gospel's authorship, composition, relationship to the Synoptics, and origins in particular historical experiences are succinctly addressed; and distinctive Johannine perspectives on Jesus, the church, and the world are discussed.

The Fourth Gospel has played an important role in the course of Christian theology and remains one of the . 3. Interpreting the Johannine Riddles

The Fourth Gospel has played an important role in the course of Christian theology and remains one of the most cherished writings of the New Testament. It is also one of the most controversial and deeply enigmatic, as scholars seek to unravel its mysteries through the application of different historical and literary-critical methods. Interpreting the Johannine Riddles. Anderson takes a stab at answering John's conundrums, and calls for a "fourth quest for Jesus" with special consideration for the historical realism of John's Gospel.

Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for a semester . John’s Gospel holds a special fascination for me, and this is simply good scholarship.

Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for a semester course, which leads students through literary, historical, and theological aspects of the Fourth Gospel's most vexing puzzles. The book is laid out like a college text, with chapter endings presenting questions to consider and terms to understand. It’s clearly meant for the classroom. It’s divided into three parts: 1. Outlining the Johannine Riddles. Anderson presents, in tabular form, the theological, historical, and literary riddles that are spread throughout the Gospel.

The Fourth Gospel has played an important role in the course of Christian theology and remains one of the most cherished writings of the New Testament. The Gospel according to John has been described as a stream in which a child can wade and an elephant can swim.

Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for a semester course, which leads students through literary .

Paul Anderson's book addresses the historical, literary, and theological issues of the Gospel of John

Paul Anderson's book addresses the historical, literary, and theological issues of the Gospel of John. He begins with a description of these three types of "riddles"-the dialectical character of John's theology, the apparent historicity of the narrative that is at the same time so different from the Synoptic Gospels, and John's literary discontinuities. After a concise outline of the modern interpretations of John's Gospel, he proceeds to his own theory. Anderson describes the writing of John's Gospel as a two-stage process.

He is Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University since 1989 and was a founding member of the John, Jesus, and History Project at the Society of Biblical Literature 2002-2016

Труд The Gospel of John

Труд The Gospel of John. 68 All four gospels fit the medium-range length (10,000–25,000 words) found in ancient biographies as distinct from many other kinds of works. 69 A book was approximately what one could listen to in a setting. The average length of a book of Herodotus or Thucydides is about 20,000 words, which would take around two hours to read

Included with your book. Lucid and generous in its use of sidebars, diagrams, questions for reflection, and annotated bibliography, The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel will guide the beginning or advanced student in their encounter with John.

Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for . I love this book, which now constitutes the intro volume for serious students of the Fourth Gospel! I can't think of any question that Anderson has not raised and addressed, with his typical acuity and thoroughness. For scholarly and popular readers alike, this is now the "go–to" book for those undertaking a study of this powerful Gospel. Jaime Clark–Soles Associate Professor of New Testament Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

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shustrik
The first part of the book is the most interesting. The author gives a precise and extensive view of all the tensions recorded in John's Gospel. Beginners to more advanced students or laypersons will benefit from the analyses.

Finding a solution to cohere the historical, theological and literary contradictions is much more perilous. Anderson's standpoint is clear and controversial. He claims that tensions as a factor of multiple sources falls short in terms of evidence. For him John is essentially a one man's cognitive crisis delivering his message to various audiences. He considers the author to have been a brilliant ecclesiastical writer followed by a less brilliant ecclesiastical refactor.

Anderson's explanations are in my mind the feeble part of the book. I consider that John is a hybrid composition, for reasons that can't be developed here. But readers will gain considerable and clear information from the first part that discloses all the difficulties a learned scholar encounters in John.
Unde
A very well organized book. It is full of insights that take us deep into various details of John's Gospel. It is rich and yields great dividends for any serious reader.

Sujaya James, Ph.D.
OwerSpeed
Interesting perspective on the Gospel of John. It was very helpful in providing a deeper understanding of John for my students.
Agalas
Author expresses an outstanding study and framework of the Gospel of St. John. He writes with an entriguing style of "on the one hand..." and then "on the other hand..." that makes the reader appreciate the truly complex Gospel of St. John.
Xtreem
Paul Anderson has done it again. John's Gospel holds a special fascination for me, and this is simply good scholarship. The book is laid out like a college text, with chapter endings presenting "questions to consider" and "terms to understand." It's clearly meant for the classroom. It's divided into three parts:

1. Outlining the Johannine Riddles. Anderson presents, in tabular form, the theological, historical, and literary riddles that are spread throughout the Gospel.
2. Addressing the Johannine Riddles. Who wrote the Fourth Gospel, when, how, and why? Multiple theories are presented, emphasizing origin and character.
3. Interpreting the Johannine Riddles. Anderson takes a stab at answering John's conundrums, and calls for a "fourth quest for Jesus" with special consideration for the historical realism of John's Gospel.

If you're familiar with Anderson's work, you may be tempted to skip certain sections, as much has been covered before, but the emphasis on tension and prepared contradictions--what Paul labels John's "riddles"--forces you to reexamine familiar texts within a directed theme. Anderson drills into us the dialectical thinking of John. The Fourth Gospel appears to make a point of presenting both sides of every theology. Jesus is both the most human and the most divine in this gospel. He is judge, but he judges not. He is equal to the Father but subjective to the Father. He fulfills all prophesies yet promises a future eschatology. Perhaps most frustrating of all to me as a scholar of Johannine writings, John's esoteric, spiritual passages encourage non-literal interpretation, but are liberally peppered with verifiable historical accuracies. These tensions are frustrating but intentional, purposefully forcing us to examine all sides.

My conclusion: This is an important, well-organized book whose careful research demands consideration.
Direbringer
The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel is probably the longest introduction to anything that I have ever read, unless you consider actual intro-level textbooks on topics like the field of sociology or history to be introductions. As this is really Paul N. Anderson's introduction to the theories and theology about the gospel, it is more of a pleasingly short and compact textbook. As he clearly intends it for use in something like a college course on the Gospel of John, I shall review it as such.

The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel is a meticulously organized, even repetitive scholarly work, complete with text book-like review questions and key terms at the end of each chapter. There are bullet points for everything; I could literally teach a class on this book with no prep time. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a source on this topic, because it has summaries of prior works on the topic, and references to relevant materials. However, I'm not entirely convinced Anderson quite has his theology down right; he seems to insist that the gospel could either be saying Jesus was god, or human, not that he was both, completely, according to the gospel.

Aside from being, as I mentioned, fairly repetitive from the perspective of a less studious reader, this is a very readable book, complete with a brief glossary of potentially difficult terms. Anyone could read it, if self-study were desired. I'm not sure if I agree with all of the assumptions within the content, but there is plenty of emphasis on alternative perspectives and finding your own interpretation, that I have no objection to the overall effect. However, if you are of the type of person uncomfortable with uncertainty, or the possibility of forgetfulness or interpretation by gospel writers regarding Jesus, or speculation on what the actual Jesus may have been like, The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel may not be for you. Other than that, I have to say this might also be a bit heavy for, say, a bible study, unless that is the goal.