Savior of the World
A Theology of the Universal Gospel
Imprint: Baylor University Press
Sales Date: 2019-08-15
254 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
- Published: August 2019
The Gospel of John has long been understood as a sectarian text, one that reinforces the social and religious isolation of a Johannine community. Savior of the World: A Theology of the Universal Gospel directly challenges this reading, arguing that John’s Jesus does not belong to just one community. John’s Jesus came for all and spans the universe.
In Savior of the World, Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar carefully reconsiders the often-overlooked passages and motifs that emphasize Jesus as a figure of universal significance and as universal Savior. John’s introduction of Jesus as the Word sets the stage for universal language by identifying Jesus as the rightful owner of all creation. Sosa Siliezar emphasizes that John’s Jesus, in his public ministry, offers an all-inclusive love of God to anyone who will receive it. In his private ministry, Jesus bears witness to a nuanced world, tasking his disciples with preaching and expanding the love of Christ to all. Jesus’ all-embracing mission is sustained by the Spirit, who models, through the disciples, the reality and promise of the world that is to come.
Sosa Siliezar shows how John, though deeply indebted to Judaism, crafts a universal Gospel precisely because his Jesus is deeply rooted in the particularity of monotheism. John portrays Jesus, a Jew from Nazareth, as the world’s Savior, the one sent by the one God to bring light into a universe of darkness.
IntroductionPart One1. The Owner of Creation2. The Enlightenment of HumanityPart Two3. The Witness to a Different World4. The Final Cosmic ConquestPart Three5. The Artificer of a Universal GospelConclusion
This book addresses an important set of Johannine motifs that have largely been overlooked by scholarship in recent decades. Drawing on some of the best of recent Johannine scholarship, Sosa Siliezar sets the record straight. John’s Jesus is the Savior of the World, not merely the hero of a sect.~Paul Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies, George Fox University
In this original study, Carlos Sosa Siliezar proposes a new reading of the Fourth Gospel. Following its narrative sequence and the point of view reflected in it, he brings to light the universal significance of Jesus and the universalistic perspective of this gospel, thus challenging the sectarian approach that inspires most reading strategies of this text today.~Santiago Guijarro, Professor of New Testament, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain
Carlos Sosa Siliezar joins a growing number of scholars in arguing against reading the Gospel of John as a sectarian text intended for insiders. A highly readable and helpful study of the character and function of John's universalist language.~Catrin H. Williams, Reader in New Testament Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Overall, Siliezar offers a compelling reading of the Fourth Gospel by tracing the use of John’s universal language throughout the entirety of the evangelist’s narrative. Against strict sectarian readings, he successfully demonstrates how a narrative-critical approach to John’s Gospel can ‘cast new light’ on lingering historical questions. He persuasively argues that John’s depiction of Jesus as the rightful owner of creation suggests that John’s original readers were not an isolated community.~James A. Roh, Reading Religion