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Come and Read Interpretive Approaches to the Gospel of John

by Helen K. Bond, Jo-Ann A. Brant

Part of the Interpreting Johannine Literature Series

Come and Read Interpretive Approaches to the Gospel of John Synopsis

Come and Read introduces numerous hermeneutical approaches to biblical literature and includes examples of those approaches in action through the contributions of top scholars in the field. The book takes up three different passages throughout John's Gospel-John 1:1-18, John 10, and John 20-setting different approaches to each passage side-by-side. The sections of this collection are interconnected by virtue of their association with John's story. In addition, each section of the book will include readings of the focus passage from the same four interpretive perspectives. These four umbrella perspectives (intertextual, ideological, rhetorical, and narrative) are intentionally broadly conceived so that a variety of particular reading strategies are surveyed in the collection. Overall, this book will provide insight into current hermeneutical practices on the Gospel of John, and implicitly the rest of the Bible as well. It will also demonstrate how to use these methods effectively, illustrating not only the value of using a variety of approaches for interpreting the text, but also the impact various methods have on the interpretations rendered.

Come and Read Interpretive Approaches to the Gospel of John Press Reviews

New Testament scholarship has long been a methodologically obsessed discipline, though it has often been true that practitioners of various approaches have not engaged in constructive dialogue with one another. This creative and substantive volume aims to redress that division by putting multiple reading strategies side-by-side in order to demonstrate their potential to illumine the text of the Fourth Gospel. Each member of this stellar cast of contributors is attuned to different nuances of the text in a way that beckons you to come and read. I love this book!--Christopher W. Skinner, Loyola University Chicago What meaning we get from the Bible depends on what questions we ask. In this well-conceived and well-executed book, readers will learn this vital but underappreciated truth through clear and consistent presentation of different ways to read the Gospel of John. The book shows that the most generative interpretations are not exclusive but rather allow multiple questions to be asked: a multi-faceted approach yields the more interpretative fruit. This book will be of enormous use in classrooms and for anyone trying to understand the richness of the Bible.--Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Princeton Theological Seminary Four approaches, three chapters in the Gospel of John. Students become acquainted with John, see how the Prologue, John 10, and John 20 can be interpreted applying narrative, intertextual, sociocultural, and rhetorical criticism, and discover the range of perspectives embraced by each of these approaches. Come and Read is an apt title for this inviting, fresh, conversation-fostering collection of essays.--R. Alan Culpepper, dean and Professor of New Testament Emeritus, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

Book Information

ISBN: 9781978707474
Publication date: 12th December 2019
Author: Helen K. Bond, Jo-Ann A. Brant
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 246 pages
Categories: Biblical studies & exegesis,

About Helen K. Bond, Jo-Ann A. Brant

Alicia D. Myers is associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbell University Divinity School. Lindsey S. Jodrey is associate director of digital learning at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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