Imagery in the Gospel of John 978-3-16-149116-0 - Mohr Siebeck

Imagery in the Gospel of John

Terms, Forms, Themes, and Theology of Johannine Figurative Language
Ed. by Jörg Frey, Jan G. van der Watt and Ruben Zimmermann in collaboration with Gabi Kern

[Bilder im Johannesevangelium. Motive, Formen und Theologie der Bildersprache]

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The Gospel of John is well-known for its numerous forms of imagery, metaphors, and symbols, and their interpretation has become a major theme in current Johannine scholarship. In this volume, leading scholars specialized on the Fourth Gospel and figurative language discuss the various methods for interpreting the imagery of the Gospel and provide a thorough discussion of the most important forms, texts, and motifs of figurative language.
The Gospel of John is well-known for its wealth and depth of figurative language, metaphors and symbols. These articles, written by some of the leading scholars in Johannine exegesis and particularly in the debate on Johannine imagery, utilize a broad variety of methods of interpretation. The authors provide an in-depth discussion of the variety of terms and forms of figurative speech and explore the conceptual and traditio-historical background of central motifs. Some of the most prominent Johannine images (lamb, king, bread, shepherd, vine, eating and drinking and others) are discussed with regard to their literary design and theological meaning. The collection aims at opening up paths in the tangled thicket of John's figurative world, it amply demonstrates the close relationship between the different metaphors and images in the Fourth Gospel and opens the view to the inter-relatedness of its theological themes.
Survey of contents

Introduction: Ruben Zimmermann: Imagery in John. Open up paths in the tangled thicket of John's figurative world

I. Terms, Forms and Methods

Harold W. Attridge: The Cubist Principle in Johannine Imagery. John and the Reading of Images in Contemporary Platonism – Rainer Hirsch-Luipold: Bilder im Klartext – Klartext in Bildern. alethinos ktl., parresia – paroimia, semeion als Signalwörter für eine bildhafte Darstellungsform im Johannesevangelium – Uta Poplutz: Paroimia und parabole. Gleichniskonzepte bei Johannes und Markus – Silke Petersen: Die Ich-bin-Worte als Metaphern am Beispiel der Lichtmetaphorik – Jean Zumstein: Bildersprache und Relektüre am Beispiel von Joh 15,1- 17 – Paul N. Anderson: Gradations of Symbolization in the Johannine Passion Narrative: Control Measures for Theologizing Speculation Gone Awry – Folker Siegert: Von der Restauration übermalter Bilder. Worum geht es in der 'Brotrede' Joh 6? – Jesper Tang Nielsen: The Blended Lamb. The Cognitive Grounding of the Johannine Lamb of God

II. Texts, Themes and Theology

Marianne Meye Thompson: »Every Picture Tells a Story«: Imagery for God in the Gospel of John – Ulrich Busse: Die Königs-Metapher im Johannesevangelium – Mary Coloe: Witness and Friend. Symbolism associated with John the Baptizer – Petrus Maritz and Gilbert van Belle: The Imagery of Eating and Drinking in John 6:35 – Francois Tolmie: The (not so) Good Shepherd. The Use of Shepherd Imagery in the Characterization of Peter in the Fourth Gospel – Robert A. Culpepper: Designs for the Church in the Imagery of John 21:1–14 – Craig R. Koester: What does it mean to be human? Imagery and the Human Condition in John's Gospel – Jan G. van der Watt: Ethics Alive in Imagery

Jörg Frey Geboren 1962; Professor für Neues Testament, Universität Zürich.

Jan G. van der Watt is professor of New Testament Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands and extra-ordinary professor at the North-West University, South Africa.

Ruben Zimmermann Born 1968; 1999 Dr. theol. from the University of Heidelberg; 2003 Habilitation from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University München; currently Professor of New Testament and Ethics at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany and research associate at the Department of Old and New Testament Studies of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Gabi Kern ist Wiss. Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Biblische Theologie der Universität Bielefeld.


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In: Review of Biblical Literature — (08/2007) (Dorothy Lee)
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In: Bibel und Kirche — 62 (2007), S. 197–198 (Tobias Nicklas)
In: Theological Book Review — 19 (2007), s. 45 (Kenneth G.C. Newport)
In: Revue d'histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses — 88 (2008), S. 373–374 (Ch. Grappe)
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In: New Testament Abstracts — 51 (2007), S. 382–383
In: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniens. — 84 (2009), S. 579–582 (Christoph Stenschke)
In: Mayeutica — 34 (2008), S. 430 (Francisco J. Monroy)