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Encountering Jesus

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This book highlights how John's gospel seeks to challenge it's readers, past and present, about where they stand in relation to Jesus.


The last thirty years has seen an increased interest in the Bible as literature and story. Yet 'character' appears to be the neglected child in both literary theory and narrative criticism. Indeed, there is not even agreement amongst scholars on how to approach, analyse and classify characters. This book is the first full length treatment of all the characters in the Gospel of John that encounter and respond to Jesus. Applying a comprehensive theory of character to John's gospel, Bennema provides a fresh analysis of both the characters and their responses to Jesus. While the majority of scholars view most Johannine characters as 'flat' or mere types, Bennema demonstrates that many are complex, developing and 'round'. John's broad array of characters and their responses to Jesus correspond to people and their choices in real life in any culture and time.

Additional Information

ISBN/Product number 9788190890403
Author Cornelis Bennema
Product Type Paperback
Number of pages 228
Language English
Publisher No
Publication Year 2009