Text, Context and the Johannine Community Paperback

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, through the use of register analysis, to its narrower context of situation. The Johannine writings have increasingly been 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 determine what these imply about interpersonal relationships. This study compares selected 'narrative asides' from the Gospel of John with a passage section from 1 John and with the two shorter Johannine Epistles. It concludes that register analysis of these texts 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 August 2015. The ISBN for Text, Context and the Johannine Community is 9780567665102.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (August 2015)
Number of Pages248
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4322816
Page last updated 28th September 2018
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