Jan G. van der Watt

A Grammar of the Ethics of John

Reading John from an Ethical Perspective. Volume 1

[Eine Grammatik der Ethik des Johannes. Johannes aus ethischer Perspektive lesen. Band 1.]

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What is the source of ethics? How can values be known? And what does ethical behaviour look like? In this book, Jan G. van der Watt provides a comprehensive treatment of the ethics of John's Gospel, discussing the use of new theoretical insights in analysing the ethical data and then applying them in a close reading of John. The result is a complete overview of ethics' fundamental questions and a coherent guide on why and how to act ethically.
After a century of neglect, Johannine ethics has enjoyed a recent surge in interest inspired by new theoretical insights in analysing ethical data in John's Gospel. By closely re-reading the text on the basis of this fresh research, Jan G. van der Watt's aim in the present volume is to reveal ethical data within its structural interrelatedness. The result is a comprehensive overview of basic questions related to ethics, such as what the basis or source of ethics actually is, whether identity plays a role in ethical decision making, how values and ethical requirements are to be recognised, what is expected of an ethical agent, and what ethical behaviour looks like. As a coherent guide to getting deeds done ethically, this first volume on the grammar of the apostle's ethics focuses on his Gospel, while a second is set to concentrate on his letters.

Jan G. van der Watt Born 1952; emeritus professor of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands).


The following reviews are known:

In: — (Alexander Drews)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 60 (2021), p. 121 (Helmut Schwier)
In: Recherches de Science Religieuse — 109 (2021), pp. 363–365 (David Pastorelli)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (1/2021) (Sherri Brown)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 66 (2022), pp. 140–141