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This chapter presents an overview of this book, which surveys the temporal mechanics of the Fourth Gospel by creating an original paradigm for narrative time, analyzing multiple functions of narrative temporality in the Gospel in light of this paradigm, and developing the foundation for a narrative hermeneutic of temporal relativity. It introduces the triumvirate of narrative, time, and Gospel, and provides an overview of the narrative theory and general method utilized in the book to grasp the temporality of the Fourth Gospel. Narrative criticism is one of several 20th century literary-critical approaches that evolved from a grafting of modern literary theory into Biblical studies. The book broadly employs contemporary literary narratology as the primary methodological tool within the realm of narrative criticism. It supplements this with a variety of critical tools including those from the study of historiography, linguistics, anthropology and general literary theory.

Keywords:contemporary literary narratology; Fourth Gospel; narrative criticism; temporal mechanics



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