John's Gospel has traditionally been regarded as the least apocalyptic document in the New Testament. This exciting new collection redresses the balance by exploring the ways in which the apocalyptic literature of Second Temple Judaism has contributed to the theology and outlook of John's Gospel. Given that John, like the Jewish apocalyptic texts, is primarily concerned with the theme of revelation, the contributors examine how apocalyptic ideas can help to explain the Johannine portrayal of Jesus as the messenger sent from heaven to reveal the divine mysteries, as well as the Gospel's presentation of the activity of the Spirit, its understanding of evil, and the intended effects of this 'apocalypse in reverse' on its readers and hearers. The highly distinguished contributors include, John Ashton, Christopher Rowland, April DeConick, Judith Lieu and Jorg Frey.
Catrin H. Williams is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Wales Trinity St David, UK. Christopher Rowland is Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at Queen's College, University of Oxford, UK.
Introduction Christopher Rowland and Catrin Williams/John and Intimations of Apocalyptic: Looking Back and Looking Forward John Ashton/Text and Authority in John and Apocalyptic Judith Lieu/An Apocalypse in Reverse: An Epitome of the Gospel of John Christopher Rowland/From the Apocalypse of John to the Johannine "Apocalypse in Reverse": Intimations of Apocalyptic and the Quest for a Relationship Ian Boxall/The Divine Dwelling in Revelation 21 and in the Johannine Prologue Jorg Frey/Why are the Heavens Closed? The Johannine Revelation of the Father April DeConick/The Apocalyptic Son of Man in the Gospel of John Benjamin Reynolds/Bringing the Revelation to Remembrance: Interpreting the Johannine Spirit-Paraclete in the Light of Jewish Apocalyptic Angelus Interpres Traditions Catrin Williams/The Reader as Apocalyptist in the Gospel of John Robert G. Hall/Apocalyptic Mystagogy: Rebirth-from-above in the Reception of John's Gospel Robin Griffith-Jones/The Devil, Satan, and the Ruler of this World in the Fourth Gospel Loren Stuckenbruck/The Ruler of the World, Antichrists and Pseudo-Prophets: Johannine Variations on an Apocalyptic Motif Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer.