Glimpses of Jesus Through the Johannine Lens—An Introduction and Overview of John, Jesus, and History, Volume 3

This essay is a slightly expanded version of Paul Anderson, Felix Just, and Tom Thatcher. eds. John, Jesus, and History, Vol. 3: Glimpses of Jesus Through the Johannine Lens, scheduled for publication early in 2016 by SBL Press.

See Also: The John, Jesus, and History Project-New Glimpses of Jesus and a Bi-Optic Hypothesis.

By Paul N. Anderson
George Fox University

By Jaime Clark-Soles
Associate Professor of New Testament
Southern Methodist University
December 2015

Click here for article.

Comments (2)

It may be rather mean to say this but I don't get many glimpses or hints of what Jesus may have been like from all the information and ideas about John presented here.
John's philosophical position deserves some attention as well as his historical information, the anti-literalism of the Nicodemus episode and the gentle disparagement of eyewitness evidence in the Thomas episode furnishing a scriptural foundation for the distinction between theological and historical narrative.
There can be few books which show so clearly that they have been through a first and a second edition. The second edition at least must come from a time when 'Christians' - or John's implied audience - thought themselves very much not Jewish. It must have taken some time for this attitude to emerge. If there is a subgroup to whom the author feels more affinity it is not Galileans but Samaritans.

#1 - Martin Hughes - 12/22/2015 - 15:29

Thanks, Martin, good points; this is the introduction to the 30 essays that follow--some glimpses (and lack thereof) emerge in the focused essays of leading scholars in the field. Here are the contents:

Introduction and Overview

01Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University and Jaime Clark-Soles, Perkins Theological Seminary
Introduction and Overview

Part I: Glimpses of the Passion of Jesus through the Johannine Lens

02Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University
An Introduction to the Issues

03Donald Senior, Catholic Theological Union
"It Is Better for You That One Man Should Die Instead of the People!": History and Theology in the Johannine Portrayal of the Passion of Jesus

04Warren Carter, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
Jesus and Pilate (John 18:28-19:16)

05Craig S. Keener, Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University
"What Is Truth?": Pilate's Perspective on Jesus in John 18:33-38

06Stephan Witetschek, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
The Hour of the Lamb? Christology and Chronology in John 19:14

07Jean Zumstein, University of Zurich
Story, Plot, and History in the Johannine Passion Narrative

08Wendy E. S. North, Durham University
Points and Stars: John and the Synoptics

09Robert T. Fortna, Vassar College
Traces of Jesus in the Johannine Passion Narrative

10Tom Thatcher, Cincinnati Christian University
Response to the Essays in Part II

Part II: Glimpses of the Works of Jesus through the Johannine Lens

11Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University
An Introduction to the Issues

12Andreas Köstenberger, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Who Were the First Disciples of Jesus?

13James S. McLaren, Australian Catholic University
The Perspective of a Jewish Priest on the Johannine Timing of the Action in the Temple

14Robert L. Webb, McMaster University
John the Baptist and Jesus in the Fourth Gospel

15Udo Schnelle, University of Halle
The Signs in the Gospel of John

16Jo-Ann A. Brant, Goshen College
Drop the Bucket!: Water Rights and John 4:1-42

17Gary M. Burge, Wheaton College
Revisiting the Johannine Water Motif: Jesus, Ritual Purification and the Pool of Siloam in John 9

18Tim Ling, Ministry Division, Church of England
Jesus through the Lens of John’s Indigenously Judaean Virtuoso Religion

19Colin Humphreys, University of Cambridge
The Historical Last Week of Jesus

20Annette Merz, University of Utrecht
Response to the Essays in Part III

Part III: Glimpses of the Words of Jesus through the Johannine Lens

21Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University
An Introduction to the Issues

22Linda McKinnish Bridges, Wake Forest University
Agrarian Aphorisms in the Fourth Gospel

23R. Alan Culpepper, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
Jesus Sayings in the Johannine Discourses

24Michael Theobald, University of Tübingen
Johannine Jesus-Sayings as “Metatexts” to the Synoptic Jesus-Words? Considerations on a Reception-History Category

25Steven A. Graham, University of Aberdeen
Semitic Language and Syntax within the Speech of the Johannine Jesus

26Peder Borgen, University of Trondheim
God’s Agent in the Fourth Gospel: Son, Prophet (like Moses?), Messiah, Son of Man, Logos? How Does the Judicial Agency Motif, as Developed in the Fourth Gospel, Cast Light upon the Mission of Jesus?

27Jörg Frey, University of Zurich
Eschatology and the Kingdom in the Fourth Gospel

28Benjamin E. Reynolds, Tyndale University College
The Johannine Son of Man and the Historical Jesus: Shall Ever the Twain Meet? John 9:35 as a Test Case

29William Loader, Murdoch University
What Happened to "Good News for the Poor" in the Johannine Tradition?

30Jan Van der Watt, Radboud University Nijmegen
What is Ethical according to the Johannine Jesus?

31James D.G. Dunn, University of Durham
Response to the Essays in Part IV


32Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University
Contributions of this Volume and the De-Johannification of Jesus

#2 - Paul Anderson - 12/22/2015 - 16:51

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.