By Christopher Rowland, Catrin H. Williams

John's Gospel has normally been considered as the least apocalyptic record within the New testomony. This intriguing new assortment redresses the stability through exploring the ways that the apocalyptic literature of moment Temple Judaism has contributed to the theology and outlook of John's Gospel.

Given that John, just like the Jewish apocalyptic texts, is essentially all for the topic of revelation, the members study how apocalyptic principles will help to give an explanation for the Johannine portrayal of Jesus because the messenger despatched from heaven to bare the divine mysteries, in addition to the Gospel's presentation of the job of the Spirit, its figuring out of evil, and the meant results of this 'apocalypse in reverse' on its readers and hearers.

“The Fourth Gospel has a manner of forestalling readers of their tracks, making us query what we concept we knew, turning the wrong way up what we took with no consideration. that occurs to characters in its tale, also-and hence, in a wierd manner, we discover ourselves drawn into that tale. twenty years in the past, John Ashton did anything fairly just like scholarship in regards to the Fourth Gospel. during this e-book he and a goodly corporation of co-workers have performed it again.” – Wayne A. Meeks, Yale college, USA

“In his e-book figuring out the Fourth Gospel John Ashton gave an exceptional presentation of contemporary examine at the Gospel of John. He additionally gave fruitful tips for destiny study, as was once visible at a symposium the place he and different unusual students explored extra his description of John's Gospel as “an apocalypse – in opposite, the wrong way up, within out.” primary subject matters mentioned have been the idea that of revelation, the certainty of evil, the Christological inspiration of Jesus as God's filial Agent, and the way apocalyptic motifs locate their proleptic achievement in Jesus' demise and resurrection. it truly is lucky, certainly, that those seminal contributions now are made to be had in publication form!” – Peder Borgen, Norwegian collage of technological know-how and expertise, Trondheim, Norway,

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2) declares: ‘I will expound the truth to you’ ((= 5J8 E> ), using the same word and the same verb form that was used by King Nebuchadnezzar when demanding an explanation of his dreams at the beginning of ch. 2. ) – covering nearly four centuries – of the history of Near Eastern monarchies from Cyrus King of Persia to Antiochus Epiphanes, is a mysterious truth disclosed by an angelic being to a human seer. But now, reÀected John, what the seer was about to hear was much more than the interpretation of a dream: this was a truth, inscribed in ‘the book of truth’, that required an angel messenger for its full disclosure.

One might argue that the de¿nition of apocalyptic should be revised so as to include revealed wisdom as a necessary category. Such a revision would mean excluding the book of Daniel from the list, because the mantic wisdom attributed to Daniel in the ¿rst half of the book has nothing whatever to do with the revealed wisdom of apocalyptic; and this, comprising as it does the themes of truth and mystery, is also absent from the second half. Most scholars are likely to ¿ght shy, however, of taking such a drastic step.

Finally, in ch. 6, we have the account of Daniel’s deliverance from the lions’ den – unforgettable, surely, at any rate if one has the well-known negro spiritual, ‘Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel’, ringing in one’s head. The last of these stories is set in the reign of the otherwise unknown Darius the Mede. Chapter 7 moves back to the ¿rst year of his predecessor, Belshazzar. 15) and to ¿nd himself unable to interpret them on his own. From being the protagonist in a series of stories, he has suddenly begun to write in his own person.

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