The Raising of Lazarus and the Passion of Jesus in John 11 and 12: A Study of John's Literary Structure and His Narrative Theology (Studies in the Bib

The Raising of Lazarus and the Passion of Jesus in John 11 and 12: A Study of John's Literary Structure and His Narrative Theology (Studies in the Bib

By: Alexander J. Burke (author)Hardback

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This study holds that the fourth evangelist adopted and combined various traditions in chapters 11 and 12 into a single, unified eschatological statement, separately and specially conceived, as a complex literary and theological hinge of John's Gospel, a bridge between Christ's ministry to the world and his ministry to his disciples. The extent and unity of this statement has been disguised by the tendency to apply to John a pericopean mentality suitable for the Synoptics but foreign to John. When John 11 and 12 are viewed as a single, eschatological statement, an analysis of its three dominant literary forms (plot structure, sign and dialogue structure, and narrative dramatic structure) can help establish that the passage of 10:40-12:50 constitutes a tightly-knit literary unity. John shapes Jesus' final discourse, 12:44-50 primarily as the natural conclusion of his eschatological statement, and secondarily as a summary of chapters 1-12 because the insertion of 11 and 12 is itself designed as the climax and summary of chapters 1-12. This new interpretation gives the passage a tight and comprehensive fit with the whole of John's Gospel.

Contents

The shaping of the major turning point in John's Gospel; tradition and composition 1 - the raising of Lazarus; tradition and composition 2 - the aftermath of the raising of Lazarus; the literary structure of John 11 and 12; the narrative theology of John 11 and 12; conclusion - testing the validity of a new interpretation.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773466944
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 274
  • ID: 9780773466944
  • ISBN10: 0773466940

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