Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
FM 23:3 (Summer 2006) p. 78
Theology and Christology in the Fourth Gospel: Essays by the Members of the SNTS Johannine Writings Seminar. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 184. Edited by Gilbert van Belle, J. G. van der Watt, and P. Maritz. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press/Peeters, 2005. Pp. xii + 561.
This important volume gathers essays originally presented by the members of the “Johannine Writings Seminar” of the prestigious Society of New Testament Studies (SNTS) between 1999 and 2003 on various topics related to the overall theme, “Theology and Christology in the Fourth Gospel.” Somewhat oddly, the articles are featured alphabetically according to the authors’ last names, rather than adhering to the more conventional and much more helpful format of following a chronological sequence by reference in John’s Gospel or other topical considerations. Overall, the themes are varied, and contributors’ backgrounds diverse. Historical-critical methodologies and narrative approaches exist side by side. Some essays focus on word studies; others explore a given text or perform a thematic analysis. Most essays are in English, though several are in German and French (doctoral students, take note!).
Specifically, the volume contains the following articles (regrouped according to reference in John or topic, author’s last name in parenthesis; where necessary, the title is translated into English): “Observations on the Significance of the Old Testament in the Fourth Gospel” (Maarten J. J. Menken); “Double Entendre in the Gospel According to John” (Jan van der Watt); “Monotheism and Dualism: John and Qumran” (John Painter); “The Creation Motif in the Fourth Gospel: Perspectives on Its Narratological Function within a Judaistic Background” (Jan du Rand); “The Johannine Son of Man Revisited” (Francis Moloney); “Jesus and the Law in John” (William Loader); “The Samaritan Woman Episode, Synoptic Form-Criticism, and the Johannine Miracles: A Question of Criteria” (Urban C. von Wahlde); “John 8:44 in the Context of the Conversation in John 8:21–59” and “The Ioudaioi in the Fourth Gospel: A Narratological Perspective” (Francois Tolmie); “Psychological Considerations regarding the Negative Address of ‘the Jews’ in John’s Gospel” (Wilhelm Pratscher); “ ‘The Father and I Are One’ (John 10:30): Concerning the Theological Potential and Hermeneutical Competence of Johannine Christology” (Klaus Scholtissek); “Jesus as the Way to the Father in Johannine Theology (John 14:6)” (Craig Koester); “The Paraclete, the Spirit of...
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