The Figure of Abraham in John 8 Hardback

Text, Intertext and Reception History

by Ruth Sheridan;

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The Figure of Abraham in John 8

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In the Gospel of John, the character of Jesus repeatedly comes into conflict with a group pejoratively designated as 'the Jews'. In chapter 8 of the Gospel this conflict could be said to reach a head, with Jesus labeling the Jews as children 'of the devil' (8:44) - a verse often cited as epitomizing early Christian anti-Judaism.Using methods derived from modern and post-modern literary criticism Ruth Sheridan examines textual allusions to the biblical figures of Cain and Abraham in John 8:1-59. She pays particular attention to how these allusions give shape to the Gospel's alleged and infamous anti-Judaism (exemplified in John 8:44). Moreover, the book uniquely studies the subsequent reception in the Patristic and Rabbinic literature, not only of John 8, but also of the figures of Cain and Abraham. It shows how these figures are linked in Christian and Jewish imagination in the formative centuries in which the two religions came into definition.

The Figure of Abraham in John 8 by Ruth Sheridan was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in August 2016. The ISBN for The Figure of Abraham in John 8 is 9780567238061.

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Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (August 2016)
Number of Pages208
Product Code4286238
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