The Sheep of the Fold: The Audience and Origin of the Gospel of John (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series: 141)

By: Edward W. Klink III

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The last generation of gospel scholarship has considered the reconstruction and analysis of the audience behind the gospels as paradigmatic. The key hermeneutical template for reading the gospels has been the quest for the community that each gospel represents. But this scholarly consensus regarding the audience of the gospels has recently been reconsidered. Using as a test case one of the most entrenched gospels, Edward Klink explores the evidence for the audience behind the Gospel of John. This study challenges the current gospel paradigm by examining the community construct and its functional potential in early Christianity, the appropriation of a gospel text and J. L. Martyn's two-level reading of John, and the implied reader located within the narrative. The study concludes by proposing a more appropriate audience model for reading John, as well as some implications for the function of the gospel in early Christianity. • Contains an extensive history of the quest for the audience behind the gospels • Provides a detailed survey of and thorough interaction with a wide range of scholarship in the Gospel of John • Proposes a more appropriate model for the audience behind the gospels Contents 1. The audience and origin of the Gospels: introduction and method; 2. Early Christian community: a study of the community construct and its functional potential in early Christianity; 3. Early Christian Gospel genre and a critique of the two-level reading of the Gospel of John; 4. Early Christian reader: an explication of the audience of the Fourth Gospel by inquiring for the implied reader; 5. Reading the Fourth Gospel: the function of the Gospel of John in the light of the gospel community debate; 6. The sheep of the fold: summary and conclusion. Printed Pages: 336.

Title: The Sheep of the Fold: The Audience and Origin of the Gospel of John (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series: 141)

Author Name: Edward W. Klink III

Categories: Christianity, Religion,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2007

ISBN: 052187582X

ISBN 13: 9780521875820

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Brand New

Jacket Condition: Brand New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 018646

Keywords: Christianity Christian Christ Religion