Chris Seglenieks

Johannine Belief and Graeco-Roman Devotion

Reshaping Devotion for John's Graeco-Roman Audience

[Johanneischer Glaube und griechisch-römische Götterverehrung. Die Umgestaltung von religiöser Hingabe für Johannes' griechisch-römische Adressaten.]

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In this volume, Chris Seglenieks offers a study of the complex meaning in John's Gospel of genuine belief, arguing it includes cognitive, relational, ethical, ongoing, and public aspects. He compares it with Graeco-Roman religious practices and highlights the distinctiveness of Johannine belief whose features are motivated by John's picture of Jesus.
Believing is a central concept in the Gospel of John, and Chris Seglenieks analyzes how and why believing takes the shape it does. The Gospel presents an ideal response of believing in Jesus that resonates with Graeco-Roman patterns of devotion to the gods, but importantly reshapes the form of such devotion in order that it might be directed appropriately towards Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God. The Johannine pattern of belief includes a cognitive, relational, ethical, ongoing, and public aspect. Contrary to Graeco-Roman religious contexts, ritual is minimised. The identity of Jesus, and particularly his incarnation and his indwelling in believers, motivates the Gospel's presentation of how one is to believe in order to receive life.

Chris Seglenieks Born 1983; 2005 BA Hons; 2012 BTh Hons; 2019 PhD in Theology; currently Adjunct Lecturer at Bible College of South Australia, Adelaide.


The following reviews are known:

In: Review of Biblical Literature — (11/2022) (Sung Uk Lim)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 60 (2021), p. 122 (Helmut Schwier)
In: Religious Studies Review — 49 (2023), pp. 74–75 (Stan Harstine)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 66 (2022), p. 139
In: Reviews in Religion & Theology — 30 (2023), pp. 94–96 (Jonathon Lookadoo)
In: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society — 65 (2022), pp. 163–165 (Joseph K. Pak)