Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John

Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John

Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John

Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John

Synopsis

"This work assembles and catalogs the values, conflicts, and mores of ancient Mediterranean culture pertinent to the Fourth Gospel. In many ways, the authors disclose, the Fourth Gospel addresses an alienated antisociety, fundamentally at odds with its predominant culture. With its unique format, charts, and photos, this social-science commentary is the ideal companion for the study of the Fourth Gospel." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

The Gospel of John is a New Testament writing that continues to command wide interest. in his best-selling and much reprinted The World’s Religions, Huston Smith describes Christianity and its founder almost exclusively in Johannine colors. the “Power for Living” program of the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation, publicized during the 1983 Super Bowl, is fundamentally rooted in John’s Gospel, with its “First Law” beginning with John 3:16, the popular ban- ner unfurled behind football goalposts right to the present. the message of Campus Crusade for Christ, which presents Jesus as the individual’s personal Lord and Savior, is largely of Johannine inspiration. and most U.S. college stu- dents, if they know the story of Jesus at all, know it quite well in terms of John’s Gospel: Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman and his attitude toward women; the need to be born again; Jesus saying, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”; the saying about casting the first stone; the raising of Lazarus; Jesus washing the disciples’ feet; the waving of palms at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem; the inscription on the cross; the mother of Jesus at the cross; the piercing of Jesus’ side with a spear; Mary Magdalene’s visit to Jesus’ tomb; Jesus as the Word of God; the identification of Jesus as God purely and simply. For usually unexplained and unexplored reasons, John’s Gospel seems to have the greatest appeal to American individualists. We see this borne out every semester in undergraduate students who enroll in our college courses in New Testament writings. This social-science commentary on the Gospel of John has been written with such undergraduate students in mind. Our goal is to present a historically sensitive, cross-cultural, comparative set of lenses with which to hear (or read) the Gospel of John as its original audience did. the success of our previous Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels has encouraged us to prepare this work.

Once again our book is outfitted with maps, photographs, charts, and help- ful appended descriptions. These have been put together, as previously, by our . . .

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