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Why John Wrote a Gospel: Jesus--Memory--History [Paperback]

By Tom Thatcher (Author)
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Pages   193
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664229050  
EAN  9780664229054  


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Nineteen-hundred years ago, someone called the Beloved Disciple told stories about Jesus and his days on earth, including reports of what Jesus said and did. These stories had been told for decades, but then someone took the stories and wrote them down, turning them from oral tradition into the book we know as the Gospel of John. Scholars have long concentrated on the content of this Fourth Gospel, analyzing how it differs from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and wondering how the different Gospels relate to the Jesus of history. Thatcher builds on all of this previous scholarship to ask new and exciting questions: Why was this Gospel written? Why would these followers of Jesus turn these oral stories into a written Gospel? In answer, Thatcher focuses on how stories and written texts operate to reflect and to create memory within groups of people. He uncovers how early Christians strove to remember Jesus in the decades after Jesus' ministry and how Christians came into conflict with one another about which memories were best. With this interest in the social memory of early Christians, Thatcher provides original insights into the Gospel of John and provides new answers to old questions. Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book uses numerous diagrams and modern parallels to show how Gospel texts shape the memory and identity of Christian communities, not only in the ancient world but today as well.

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Nineteen-hundred years ago, someone called the Beloved Disciple told stories about Jesus and his days on earth. These stories had been told for decades when someone took the stories and wrote them down, turning them from oral tradition into the book we know as the Gospel of John. Scholars have long concentrated on the content of this Fourth Gospel, analyzing how it differs from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and wondering how the different Gospels relate to the Jesus of history. Tom Thatcher builds on all of this previous scholarship in this book, focusing on how stories and written texts operate to reflect and to create memory within groups of people. He uncovers how early Christians strove to remember Jesus in the decades after Jesus' ministry and how Christians came into conflict with one another about which memories were best. With this interest in the social memory of early Christians, Thatcher provides original insights into the Gospel of John and provides new answers to old questions.

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Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies at Cincinnati Christian University.

Tom Thatcher was born in 1967 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Cincinnati Christian University.

Tom Thatcher has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Early Christianity and Its Literature
  2. Early Judaism and Its Literature
  3. John, Jesus and History
  4. Resources for Biblical Study
  5. Semeia Studies-Society of Biblical Literature
  6. Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study


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Well written book about a fascinating subject  Jun 22, 2009
The black hole of early Christianity is the time between the death of Jesus and the gospels. It's an unending point of debate between theists and nontheists. Exactly when were the gospels written, and why?

Thatcher has written an interesting new book based on Social Memory theory. And--this is very unusual in a book of biblical scholarship--he dots the book with plenty of charts and diagrams of how memory works, and theories about what was remembered, and why. He writes so clearly that the book will be accessible to even the nonscholar.

For far too long the theories of Bultmann have held sway, with much nonsense being published about guessed-at situations that caused gospels to be written.

Although there is much debate as to "Whether or not the Beloved Disciple" is John of the apostles, "the text clearly associates itself closely with the testimony of an eyewitness" (p 17). The gospel is his way of 'testifying' to what he has experienced. The gospel is a "mixture of eyewitness testimony, biblical interpretation, and post-Easter faith...(and) John himself was completely conscious of this fact" (p 30).

From the beginning of Christianity there were those who fought against what could be termed the orthodox 'tradition' that Paul so ardently told everyone to hold on to. Who were these people? Those holding to Jewish legalism were one group, and Docetists were named as another. Ignatius also mentions those who deny the Eucharist.

Thatcher's explanation of how these groups were formed is fascinating.
"Viewed through the paradigm of a great theological debate one might refer to the AntiChrists' christological position as a 'countermemory'" (p 73).

Anyone interested in theories of memory will want to read Bauckham, who recently published a book on the importance of eyewitness testimony in ancient culture, "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses". "The Jesus Legend" also has some of the newest research into memory and recall.
 

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