John : The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple Hardback

A Work in Two Editions

by Herman C. Waetjen;

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John : The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple

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There is a general consensus that the Fourth Gospel underwent two editions.

But in contrast to all previous efforts to reconstruct these two editions on the basis of source and redaction criticism, Waetjen maintains that these two editions essentially overlap without far-reaching changes.

Chapters 1-20 originated within the Jewish community of Alexandria and were addressed to Jews in order to persuade them to "believe into" Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. The second edition originated when chapter 21 as added and certain revisions were made in chapters 1-20 by an editor in the Christian community of Ephesus in order to present the Gospel to Gentile Christians and perhaps attendantly to legitimate it for canonization.

Waetjen examines John's Gospel by engaging in a close reading of various units of the Gospel from the perspective of a two-level drama that presents two narrative worlds within the literary structure of the Gospel.

Out of his readings of the texts, one of the major and provocative conclusions Waetjen draws is that Lazarus is the Beloved Disciple of Jesus in chapters 1-20 while John, the son of Zebedee (and considered by many scholars to be Jesus' Beloved Disciple), is intimated to play that role only in chapter 21, the addendum to the earlier edition of the Gospel.

Waetjen's thorough scholarship and his attention to detail in his original readings challenge traditional readings of John's Gospel, providing fresh insights into the Gospel.

John : The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple by Herman C. Waetjen was published by Continuum in January 2006 and is our 48699th best seller. The ISBN for John : The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple is 9780567027818.

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Page last updated 20th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formathardback
PublisherContinuum (January 2006)
Number of Pages490
Thickness31 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code119114
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