Exploring the Gospel of John: In Honour of D.Moody Smith Paperback – 1 Apr 1996
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About the Author
R. Alan Culpepper is Dean of the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he was Professor of Religion at Baylor University, and before that served as Associate Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published nine books and several articles, curriculums, and book reviews.
C. Clifton Black is Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. An ordained United Methodist minister, he serves with John T. Carroll and M. Eugene Boring as editor of the New Testament Library series, published by Westminster John Knox Press. He is also an Associate Editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Horizons in Biblical Theology.
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Exploring the Gospel of John
Essays in Honor of D. Moody Smith
Edited by R. Alan Culpepper and C. Clifton Black
Exploring the Gospel of John is a collection of essays written in honor of D. Moody Smith, esteemed Professor of New Testament at Duke University. This volume is a valuable resource for all who travel the Johannine trail. Some of the finest American and international scholars reflect on issues related to Johannine theology – C.K. Barrett, James D.G. Dunn, Leander Keck, R. Alan Culpepper, and John Painter.
While all of the essays are worth reading, some are better than others, and some should be read in light of further developments in Johannine studies (publication date 1996). Marianne Meye Thompson’s essay entitled The Historical Jesus and the Johannine Christ is a terrific piece of writing that exhibits a lively style and judicious thinking in relation to the historicity of the Fourth Gospel. R. Alan Culpepper’s essay on reading Johannine irony helps to highlight some of the subtleties of this gospel that are often missed by the casual reader. Stephen Smalley gives a thoughtful analysis comparing the pneumatology of Revelation and the Fourth Gospel – an analysis which has led him to believe these works are closely related.
On the other hand, there are a number of well-crafted and thoughtful essays which deserve careful scrutiny. Wayne Meeks’s contention that the fourth evangelist provides little ethical guidance seems to be a bit overstated. One will not find anything comparable to a Pauline paraenesis in this gospel, but there are ethical implications waiting to be unpacked in many a passage. For example, the evangelist does not give a laundry list of ways one might serve others at the end of John 13:1-17, but who can deny the ethical import of this passage? Likewise, James Charlesworth appears to be a bit over zealous in drawing parallels between Qumran and the Gospel of John. One should consult Richard Bauckham for a more balanced appraisal. Qumran may yet bear much fruit in the Johannine garden, but until now the yield is rather modest. All in all, this is a good collection of essays by a group of outstanding New Testament scholars and a fitting tribute to D. Moody Smith.
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