Text, Context and the Johannine Community Hardback

A Sociolinguistic Analysis of the Johannine Writings

by David A. Lamb;

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Text, Context and the Johannine Community

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Text, Context and the Johannine Community adopts a new approach to the social context of the Johannine writings by drawing on modern sociolinguistic theory. Sociolinguistics emphasizes language as a social phenomenon, which can be analysed with reference not only to its broad context of culture, but also to its narrower context of situation. The Johannine writings have been increasingly seen as the product of a distinct Johannine Community, depicted by some scholars as a sectarian group, opposed both to wider Jewish society and to other Christian groups. This model has largely been constructed on historical-critical grounds, yet given our lack of reliable external information about the origin of the Johannine writings, a more fruitful approach may be to examine their lexico-grammatical and discourse features to see what they suggest about interpersonal relationships. This study compares selected 'narrative asides' from the Gospel with a passage from 1 John and with the two shorter Epistles. It concludes that register analysis of these passages does not support the idea of a close-knit sectarian group.

Text, Context and the Johannine Community by David A. Lamb was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in February 2014. The ISBN for Text, Context and the Johannine Community is 9780567609564.

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Details for Text, Context and the Johannine Community

Page last updated 23rd March 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (February 2014)
Number of Pages248
Thickness25 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4242383
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