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The author found the semeia to be an important key to the historical and theological problems of the Fourth Gospel beyond his expectations. The author states that historical background of the Fourth Gospel is covered in darkness. The author studies the descent of the Gospel, the antecedents of the type of Christianity it represents, by examining the character of the tradition on which it is based and the way in which this tradition was redacted. The author states that the total "tension" of the Gospel is reflected in the semeia with greater intensity. The author has tried to avoid the excesses of the old liberal source criticism, but sometimes he does make sharp distinctions. The author has limited himself to the miracles because they are probably an important and homogeneous core in the source so that the source criticism could be carried out with more certainty.

Keywords: Christianity; Fourth Gospel; liberal source criticism; semeia



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