Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community

By Craig R. Koester | Go to book overview
Contents
Preface to the Second Editionxi
Preface to the First Editionxiii
Abbreviationsxv
1.Symbol, Meaning, and Mystery1
Johannine Symbolism in Its Literary Context3
Defining Johannine Symbolism4
Recognizing Johannine Symbols8
The Structure of Johannine Symbolism12
Johannine Symbolism in Its Cultural Context15
The Dynamics of Johannine Symbolism16
The Spectrum of Johannine Readers18
Interpreting Johannine Symbolism24
Multiple Meanings—Valid and Invalid25
Meaning and Mystery28
2.Representative Figures33
Character Portrayal in John’s Gospel34
Character Portrayal in Antiquity36
Jesus39
Human—Messiah—Son of God39
Particular and Universal42
Spokesperson for the Christian Community44
People Who Meet Jesus45
Nicodemus45
Samaritan Woman47
Royal Official from Capernaum51
Invalid at Bethzatha52
Crowd in Galilee 5454
Crowd in Jerusalem59

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface to the Second Edition xi
  • Preface to the First Edition xiii
  • Abbreviations xv
  • 1- Symbol, Meaning, and Mystery 1
  • 2- Representative Figures 33
  • 3- Symbolic Actions 79
  • 4- Light and Darkness 141
  • 5- Water 175
  • 6- The Crucifixion 207
  • 7- Symbol and Community 247
  • 8- Symbol and the Knowledge of God 287
  • Appendixes on Special Topics 301
  • Bibliography 317
  • Index of Subjects 339
  • Index of Authors 343
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