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The Unity of the Farewell Discourse


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Chapter One: The Movement from "Discourse" to "Discourses." A history of interpretation on the question. Chapter Two: Unity of Style; Employing a variety of methodologies, the farewell discourse is tested for a specific idiolect. Chapter Three: Structural Unity; The farewell discourse is investigated in terms of structural and semantic unity by employing discourse analysis to test for unity, cohesion, and peak. Chapter Four: Again: the Magnus Reus. The final chapter investigates the methodology that identifies the magnus reus (John 14:31d) as the prototypical evidence of editorial activity (technically called an aporia).

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L. Scott Kellum is currently an Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, North Carolina.


"This is an excellent study, well-researched, elegantly written, persuasively presented. And it will be the starting point for any discussion on the literary unity of the Johannine Farewell Discourses from this point forward." - Biblica, 2006 -- Gary M. Burge
'a detailed overview of the history of the problem' 'well-written' 'This is a well-written book and an important contribution to the research on the Farewell Discourse(s). Kellum succeeds in making a good case for the unity of the Fourth Gospel.' Neotestamentica 40.2 (2006) -- D. Francois Tolmie
"... a valuable contribution to Johannine scholarship. It will be an important resource for all serious examinations of the unity of the Farewell Discourse."- Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, December 2005 * Journal of Evangelical Theological Society *
"It will behoove authors of monographs and commentaries on the Fourth Gospel and journal articles dedicated to the study of Farewell Discourse (or its parts) to consult this work in the future." -Review of Biblical Literature, 4/05 * Review of Biblical Literature *

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