The culmination of a lifetime of work on the Gospel of John. In this landmark study, Loader first examines Rudolf Bultmann's profound influence on Johannine studies; then weighs in on central interpretive issues and debates---probing the death of Jesus and the salvation events in John's Gospel, as well as the Fourth Gospel's structure of Christology. 532 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
The culmination of a lifetime of work on the Gospel of John, William Loader's Jesus in John's Gospel explores the Fourth Gospel with a focus on ways in which attention to the structure of Christology in John allows for greater understanding of Johannine themes and helps resolve long-standing interpretive impasses.
Following an introductory examination of Rudolf Bultmann's profound influence on Johannine studies, Loader turns to the central interpretive issues and debates surrounding Johannine Christology, probing particularly the death of Jesus in John, the salvation event in John, and the Fourth Gospel in light of its Christology. The exhaustive bibliography and careful, well-articulated conclusions take into account the latest research on John, ensuring that this volume will be useful to scholars and students alike.
William Loader is professor emeritus of New Testament at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. His other books on sexuality in early Judaism and Christianity are Philo, Josephus, and the Testaments on Sexuality; The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality; The Dead Sea Scrolls on Sexuality; and Enoch, Levi, and Jubilees on Sexuality.
R. Alan Culpepper
McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
"Jesus in John's Gospel could only have been written by one who has been deeply immersed in the Fourth Gospel and Johannine scholarship for decades. Loader is acutely sensitive to the nuances of John's language and thought, has followed closely the debates over Johannine theology, and masterfully sets John's Christology in dialogue with the Jewish context of early Christianity. The result is an engaging guide to new insights into the New Testament's most profound reflections on the incarnation, death, and exaltation of Jesus. This is a masterpiece!"
Francis J. Moloney
Australian Catholic University
"A landmark study. Loader leaves no stone unturned and no significant scholar ignored as he unravels the implications of his insights into the structure of Johannine Christology. Loader's position on John's structure has been widely accepted, but the issues that flow from that structure continue to arouse a great deal of unresolved discussion, all of which can be found in Loader's wonderful documentation. No issue is sidestepped. . . . This book must become the essential point of reference for all future discussion of Johannine Christology."