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Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, The: Narrative, History, and Theology in the Gospel of John [Paperback]

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Pages   313
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  080103485X  
EAN  9780801034855  

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Essays on the Gospel of John, covering issues such as origins, author, context, method, audience, theology, and literary integrity.

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How do historical and literary details contribute to a coherent theological witness to Jesus in the Gospel of John? A leading British evangelical New Testament scholar answers that question with studies on themes from messianism to monotheism, symbolic actions from foot-washing to fish-catching, literary contexts from Qumran to the Hellenistic historians, and figures from Nicodemus to "the beloved disciple" to Papias. Originally published in various journals and collections, these essays are now available for the first time in one affordable volume with a substantial new introduction that ties them all together. A must-have for serious students of the Fourth Gospel.

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More About Richard Bauckham

Richard Bauckham Richard Bauckhamis professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and a fellow of both the British Acad-emy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His many other books includeJesus and the God of Israel, Gospel Women, andJesus: A Very Short Introduction."

Richard Bauckham has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Academic Paperback
  2. Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting
  3. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Teologicos
  4. Library of New Testament Studies
  5. New Testament Readings
  6. New Testament Studies
  7. New Testament Theology
  8. Sarum Theological Lectures
  9. Supplements to Novum Testamentum
  10. T & T Clark Academic Paperbacks
  11. Very Short Introductions
  12. Word Biblical Commentary

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Superb collection of thought-provoking essays  Jan 17, 2009
Excellent compilation ranging over a wide variety of Johannine topics but conveying an inner consistency which rewards the reader with new insights. One often reads that an author has accomplished fresh insights into a well-worn subject arena, but in Bauckham's case this is factually true. There are many instances which could be cited, but one which stands clearly to mind is his discussion of the implications of John's subtle use of anointing imagery to designate Jesus as the Holy One of Israel in the next-to-last essay in the text. This, for me, was one of those moments in which an author takes a common trope and throws a new and powerful light on it so that one literally lays the book down in one's lap and spends 10 to 15 minutes in contemplation of the insight gained and how it correlates with a lifetime of reading in John's Gospel and commentaries and studies of that text. This was accomplished within the context of discussions of purity, holiness, consecration, and ritual cleanliness. A tour de force!

I was so taken with this coherent collection of essays that I gifted it to a friend from a completed theological studies program. He found it very informative and useful in his on-going Adult Sunday School class on John. There can be no higher recommendation for accessibility and freshness of ideas and presentation. Bauckham is fast becoming one of my favorite New Testament critical authors for precisely these reasons. I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone with interest in Johannine studies!
Comments by Michael Calum Jacques author of '1st Century Radical'.  Nov 14, 2008
Richard Bauckham is one of the better know, and better respected, evangelical scholars actively engaged in New Testament scholarship. He is the professor of New Testament studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews and is also a Fellow of the British Academy. At St Andrews, Prof Bauckham is listed as teaching New Testament theology and history;the Catholic epistles; early Judaism; the Bible and contemporary issues.

Prof Bauckham's other works include, perhaps most notably, 'Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels As Eyewitness Testimony' (2008) and his recent 'Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity' (2008). He has also written and/or edited a myriad of other scholarly essays such as his 'Papias and Polycrates on the Origins of the Fourth Gospel', Journal of Theological Studies 44.1 (1993), which is germane to the book we are considering here.

This book is, in effect, a library of 12 distinct essays which address issues pertaining to Johannine history and theology. These essays themselves date variously between 1993 and 2007 and have won plaudits from scholars such as Martin Hengel - Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Judaism at Tubingen, Germany and, perhaps slightly more predictably, from D. Moody Smith, now Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Duke University's Divinity School.

In the latter's review he quite correctly points out that this collection of essays is not simply that; it is far more than a flung together compilation. One of the main features of this work is the fact that the author employs and devotes serious attention to the commentary and testimony of various patristic sources as well as engaging in a detailed scrutiny of what he believes to be areas, both textual and topical, which have been either ignored or forgotten by the Johannine community of scholars.

Evangelical Prof Bauckham may well be, but he does not follow the script at each and every turn and is willing and quick to engage and challenge many accepted tenets of Johannine scholarship, most notably, of course, the question of the Fourth Gospel's 'targeted readership or audience'. Even scholars who would by no means share the writers final conclusions have praised the freshness of approach and the willingness of Prof Bauckham to announce that 'it ain't necessarily so!'

Yet the question still begs of how much actual viable historical substance can be sucked out of a work so pickled and drenched in theology and downright spiritual symbolism (and some would also add at least a helping of proto-Gnostic theosophy to that!) and here, inevitably, the reader must draw her or his own conclusions. That will require even more than this thought-provoking and stimulating library of Johannine essays can provide.

Michael Calum Jacques
Brilliant. Bauckham at the top of his game.  Jul 3, 2008
This collection of essays was published soon after Bauckham's triumphant "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses", an important book on the gospels so powerful and well reasoned it will likely influence biblical scholarship for decades, if not longer.

"The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple" continues the exploration of John's gospel, once again stating his position that John was most likely John the Elder. This is also the position of Martin Hengel. "There is no evidence that the Gospel was ever regarded as anonymous (unlike Hebrews)" (p 35), but was always known as John's gospel, just as it was always associated with Ephesus. Bauckham wonders if there was a deliberate ambiguity on the authorship. This section follows closely many of the arguments presented in "Eyewitnesses".

Many scholars have suggested that the gospel's ending was tacked on. Bauckham disagrees. He argues that the gospel does not have two endings. On the contrary, the gospel has a two stage ending. The head of the apostles, Peter, repents, and becomes a true disciple. "The Gospel acknowledges Peter's leading role in the whole church, to which its own community belongs, while claiming for the beloved disciple a role of witnessing to the truth of Jesus that is equally significant for the whole church" (p 87).

Various scholars believe John was written for a single community, an idea Bauckham rejects totally. Bauckham finds many reasons to believe the gospel was aimed at the church as a whole Or else why would John have so pointedly added the information about Peter's martyrdom? Furthermore, the language is clearly universal.

Bauckham agrees with Burridge that the gospel falls in the general category of Greco-Roman biography. While John names about the same number of places as the synoptics, the dates are more precise.

I think the essay that intrigued me most was "The 153 Fish and the Unity of the Fourth Gospel". Bauckham points out the prologue to the gospels "consists of 496 syllables. The epilogue shows its correspondence to the prologue in that it consists of 496 words" (p 277).

Other topics discussed; John as the ideal author, historographical characteristics, the audience, the Qumran community, Nicodemus and the Gurion family, the Bethany family, foot washing in the gospel, Jewish messianism, monotheism, Christology, and the the holiness of Jesus.

True, it's aimed at scholars, but anyone could pick this up and read it.

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