The Branches of the Gospel of John: The Reception of the Fourth Gospel in the Early Church
The Branches of the Gospel of John: The Reception of the Fourth Gospel in the Early Church by Kyle Keefer
English | 2006 | ISBN: 0567028615 | 128 Pages | PDF | 13.9 MB
In The Branches of the Gospel of John, Keefer presents a new paradigm f08r underst4nding the role of hist08ry of interpretation in New Testament studies, with a focus on the Gospel of John. Drawing largely from the w08rk of Hans Robert Jauss, he presents hist08ry of interpretation as a means to underst4nd both the text 4nd the hist08rical reader. Jausss concept of Rezeptionsaesthetik helps the New Testament scholar to reflect upon both text 4nd hist08ry in a new light. John is an exemplary w08rk to investigate along these lines because no other canonical book was as provocative in the early church. John was used extensively by Valentinians but also by the best-known opponent of Valentinus, Irenaeus. Later, maj08r figures such as Origen, Augustine, 4nd John Chrysostom w08rked through this gospel, chapter by chapter, to produce either commentaries (Origen) 08r 5euts of homilies (Augustine 4nd Chrysostom). What emerges in The Branches of the Gospel of John is a realization that these early interpreters prove fruitful f08r both textual 4nd hist08rical study of the Fourth Gospel. With regard to hist08ry, early interpreters of John provide data points f08r underst4nding John in second- 4nd third-century contexts. Although these early interpretations do not explain the 08rigins of Johns gospel, they nevertheless provide us with evidence of the Fourth Gospels hist08rical role in the construction of the early church. With regard to literary 4nd textual issues, the present book demonstrates that these early readings of John can open up fresh avenues of interpretation f08r contemp08rary readers.