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Time Is Warped

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Chapter Summary

This chapter lays a general foundation for the progression of narrative time by discussing tempo and its role in the Fourth Gospel. Following this, the author introduces the idea of temporal events and temporal discontinuities, and concerns himself with the function of various types of events. The chapter then traces a temporal geodesic through the Gospel text. Given its pre-modern and non-absolute nature, the Gospel should reveal a rich opportunity for narrative warpage in its temporal mechanics. One of the most well-defined macro-events in the Fourth Gospel is the story of the incident at the temple. Not only does this macro-event warp narrative by emphasizing the temporalities of the temple incident, it reveals many of the temporal mechanics native to all narratives. Perhaps the most extraordinary use of temporal process words in narrative occurs in John 16:28.

Keywords:Fourth Gospel; narrative tempo; narrative warpage; temporal discontinuities; temporal events; temporal geodesic; temporal mechanics



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