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What We Have Heard from the Beginning
The Past, Present and Future of Johannine Studies

Edited by Tom Thatcher

What We Have Heard from the Beginning
Paperback, 425 pages $39.95
Published: 1st November 2007
ISBN: 9781602580107
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

The past fifty years have seen powerful shifts in the methods and objectives of Biblical Studies. The study of the Johannine Literature, in particular, has seen a proliferation of new approaches, as well as innovative exegetical and theological conclusions. This volume surveys the emerging landscape from the perspective of scholars who have shaped the field. Written in a conversational and reflective tone, the articles offer an excellent overview of major issues in the study of the Fourth Gospel and 1-2-3 John.


Preface: The Purpose and Plan of This Book
Tom Thatcher

1 Second Thoughts on the Fourth Gospel
John Ashton

Response: Why Should Historical Criticism Continue to have a Place in Johannine Studies?
Wendy E. S. North

2 In Search of a New Synthesis
Johannes Beutler

Response: Johannine Exegesis in Transition: Johannes Beutler's Search for a New Synthesis
Carsten Claussen

3 The Scriptures and the Words and Works of Jesus
Peder Borgen

Response: Living Word(s) and the Bread of Life
Michael Labahn

4 Three Revolutions, a Funeral, and Glimmers of a Challenging Dawn
Thomas L. Brodie

Response: Inspecting an Aerial Photograph of John's Engagement with Sources
Catrin H. Williams

5 Reflections Upon a Johannine Pilgrimage
D. A. Carson

Response: Progress and Regress in Recent Johannine Scholarship: Reflections Upon the Road Ahead
Andreas J. K"stenberger

6 Pursuing the Elusive
R. Alan Culpepper

Response: To What End, Methodology?
Stan Harstine

7 The Gospel and the Epistles of John Read against the Background of the History of the Johannine Communities
Marinus de Jonge

Response: The Combination of a Literary and a Historical Approach to the Gospel of John
Peter G. Kirchschlaeger

8 The Gospel of John and the Signs Gospel
Robert T. Fortna

Response: The Fourth Gospel in First-Century Media Culture
Tom Thatcher

9 What's the Meaning of This?: Relections Upon a Life and Career
Robert Kysar

Response: Is History History?
David Rensberger

10 The Johannine Community among Jewish and Other Early Christian Communities
J. Louis Martyn

Response: Reading History in the Fourth Gospel
Adele Reinhartz

11 Into Narrative and Beyond
Francis J. Moloney

Response: The Beyond
Mary Coloe

12 The Prologue and Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John
John F. O'Grady

Response: The Prologue and Jesus' Final Prayer
Dorothy Lee

13 The Signs of the Messiah and the Quest for Eternal Life
John Painter

Response: The Johannine Conception of Authentic Faith as a Response to the Divine Initiative
Paul N. Anderson

14 Reflecting Upon Thirty Years
Sandra M. Schneiders

Response: Ideologies Past and Present
Colleen Conway

15 Johannine Studies and the Geopolitical: a Reflection Upon Absence and Irruption
Fernando F. Segovia

Response: Toward an Interdisciplinary Approach to Johannine Studies
Francisco Lozada Jr.

16 The Problem of History in John
D. Moody Smith

Response: Genre, Sources, and History
Craig S. Keener

17 Tradition, Exegetical Formation, and the Leuven Hypothesis
Gilbert Van Belle

Response: The Leuven Hypothesis in C/catholic Perspective
Peter J. Judge

18 The Road Ahead-Three Aspects of Johannine Scholarship
Urban C. von Wahlde

Response: Combining Key Methodologies in Johannine Studies
Felix Just

"What Thatcher has produced is a unique composite of two disparate genres: the history of research and the professional memoir. The result is a book that is both deeply informative and utterly fascinating."

-Wayne Meeks, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Yale University

"The very shape of this project is quite original; I found the actual tales related by the senior scholars quite engaging. This is a resource instructive for those just beginning their serious study of scripture and for those of the guild as well."

-Harry Attridge, Dean of the Divinity School, Yale University

"What We Have Heard recognizes that biblical scholarship is done by real people, whose interests and perspectives change over time. It is not an abstract discipline."

-Craig Koester, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

“Thatcher is to be congratulated for gathering such a broad and representative cross-section of luminaries in the discipline into one project.

-Craig L. Blomberg, Bulletin for Biblical Research

Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies at Cincinnati Christian University.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 425 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006100, REL006710
 Baylor University Press

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