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John's Apologetic Christology


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Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction: the development of Johannine christology; 2. A conflict setting and a distinctive christology: setting the stage; Part II. Jesus and God: 3. '... Those who say 'there are two powers in John'...'; 4. God's equal or God's agent? (John 5); 5. 'I obey, therefore 'I am' ' (John 8.12-59); 6. 'You are Gods' - but who are 'you'? (John 10.22-39); 7. In the bosom of the Father (John 1.1-18); 8. Conclusion to Part II; Part III. Jesus, Moses and Torah: 9. The word and the glory (John 1.1-18); 10. Descent and ascent (John 3.1-21); 11. Bread from heaven (John 6); 12. Legitimating signs (John 9); 13. Conclusion to Part III; Part IV. Other Issues and Conclusion: 14. Other possible issues; 15. Putting the pieces together; 16. Conclusion.

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James McGrath offers a fresh approach to the question of the origins of Johannine christology.

About the Author

James F. McGrath is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at Emanuel University, Oradea and the University of Oradea, Romania. He has published articles in NTS, Irish Biblical Studies, Irish Theological Quarterly, Religion and Theology and Koinonia Journal.


'I would recommend John's Apologetic Christology, especially to advanced students of the New Testament in need of a book that could provide an orientation to the study of John.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'There is some especially interesting discussion of John 8:12-59 and 10:22-39 in which McGrath seeks to show how the Evangelist shapes the dialogue to answer potential Jewish objections. The theme of 'agency' is thoroughly explored, as are the tensions between Jesus as God's 'equal' and the Son's obedience to the Father.' Expository Times '... Dell's analysis does demonstrate that wisdom literature and thinking, however defined, is not alien to the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures but is in a clear continuity with it. The demonstration of this point is a valuable contribution ...'. Perspectives in Religious Studies

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