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History, Theology, and Narrative Rhetoric in the Fourth Gospel

By Harold W. Attridge

ISBN 9781626005105

The Père Marquette Lecture in Theology for 2019
Volume 50

104 pages
4.5 x 7.0


The Gospel of John, one of the most enigmatic writings of the early Christian movement, has continued to produce sophisticated scholarly analyses of its literary form, its relationship to the Jesus of history, and its fundamental theological claims. Drawing on contemporary Johannine scholarship this study explores how the gospel weaves into a dramatic narrative a process of serious reflection on a fundamental question of religious epistemology, how one can possibly come to a knowledge of a mysterious God through a special human witness.

Author Bio
Harold W. Attridge is the Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale University Divinity School, where he has been on the faculty since 1997. Educated at Boston College, Cambridge University, and Harvard University, he has made scholarly contributions to the study of Hellenistic Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi literature and the New Testament. His lecture reflects on the way in which the Fourth Gospel engages serious conceptual issues through the vehicle of a highly dramatized narrative of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. His writings include Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews (Hermeneia, 1989) and Essays on John and Hebrews (2010).


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