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Anagnorisis And Arrival (John 1–4)

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This chapter examines a considerable number of Fourth Gospel episodes in order to be able to present comprehensive documentation of the fact that anagnorisis permeates the plot not only as a metaphoric trope concerning epistemological questions but as a type-scene reflecting contemporary genre conventions. There are several traces in the New Testament indicating that the kerygma of the early church often found expression in narratives where the ministry of John the Baptist made up a preamble to the actual Jesus-story. The synoptic tradition depicts John?s baptism of Jesus as the very moment where Jesus is being delegated the role as God?s eschatological mouthpiece. The chapter also examines how the Johannine working out of the rendezvous to a greater extent connects with recognition-scene conventions, since its basic themes are quite different in character from those of the betrothal scenes mentioned.

Keywords: Fourth Gospel episodes; Jesus-story; John?s baptism; New Testament



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