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2. Debates on Expository Method and Form

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An important area of author's research has been methods and structures in the expository use of Scriptures and of tradition. This chapter shows how other scholars tested this approach. In the monograph Bread from Heaven, author attempts to show that the Discourse on Bread (John 6:31-58) is an exposition of the Old Testament. This exposition is characterized by midrashic features with parallels found in Philo and in Palestinian midrashim. G. Richter also accepts authors understanding of John 6:31-58 as a midrashic exposition of an Old Testament quotation. Richter's main issue is the question whether John 6:51b-58 is an interpolation or not, with several of his viewpoints also of interest for a discussion of homiletic style. In his study on midrash as literary genre, Wright classifies homilies as a subtradition within the genre, and he refers with approval to the works by Silberman and Borgen as recent studies on the subject.

Keywords: Bread from Heaven; expository use of scripture; G. Richter; John; midrashic features; Old Testament; Philo



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