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6 Conclusion

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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book, which begins with a discussion of how recent scholarship has simply supposed that the aposynagōgos passages cannot refer to events of Jesus' life. The book makes three significant contributions to the current scholarly discussion. The first, a negative contribution, is to challenge what the present author designated the Martynian traditions. The neo-Martynian tradition argues that these passages do not describe any actual expulsion, but rather are concerned only to construct a Johannine identity. The classic Martynian tradition argues that the aposynagōgos passages describe the expulsion of certain members of the Johannine community, or what would become the Johannine community, from one or more synagogues in the later first century. Meyer's patterns of inference facilitated the second positive contribution, namely a detailed study of the aposynagōgos passages with a focus upon matters of historicity.

Keywords: aposynagōgos passages; Ben F. Meyer; Jesus; Johannine community; Martynian traditions



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