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Time Is Dimensional

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Readers of the Fourth Gospel have realized that there is something quite peculiar about the structure of the text since its inception. Especially to the modern, informed reader of this Gospel, there seems something quite wrong with the temporality of John. This chapter presents an original solution to this impasse that has plagued Johannine scholarship for centuries. In light of the anthropological, narratological, historiographical and Biblical evidences, it is unmistakable that the Fourth Evangelist constructed a pre-modern narrative utilizing a chronology that was perfectly acceptable to a 1st century reader, and is perhaps best understood by a 20th century reader as dimensional. This discovery will have repercussions for the discussion of the structure of the Fourth Gospel. Ultimately, what makes these evidences even more compelling are the similarities between ancient historiographical narratives and the Fourth Evangelist's use of temporal markers to denote a dimensional chronology.

Keywords:dimensional chronology; Fourth Evangelist; Fourth Gospel; John; pre-modern narrative; temporal markers



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