The fourth gospel has played an important role in the course of Christian theology and remains one of the most cherished writings of the New Testament. It is also one of the most controversial and deeply enigmatic, as scholars seek to unravel mysteries through the application of different historical and literary critical methods.
In The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel Paul N. Anderson offers the student an innovative and accessible survey of the historical, literary, and theological riddles that continue to preoccupy John's readers. Lucid and generous in its use of sidebars, diagrams, questions for reflection, and annotated bibliography, The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel will guide the beginning or advanced student in their encounter with John.
Paul Anderson, a leading scholar of the Fourth Gospel, provides an introductory textbook, crafted for a semester course, which leads students through literary, historical, and theological aspects of the Fourth Gospel's most vexing puzzles. Traditional, historical-critical, and literary-critical approaches are deftly introduced and their limitations evaluated; questions of the Gospel's authorship, composition, relationship to the Synoptics, and origins in particular historical experiences are succinctly addressed; and distinctive Johannine perspectives on Jesus, the church, and the world are discussed.
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