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Chapter One: The Source-Critical Separation of the Sērmeia Traditions and their Johannine Redaction

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In this chapter, the author describes how the semeia source theory gathered support and became more refined during the course of this century. The author says that some continuity could be observed, as these basic insights were worked out in detailed source criticism. The author states that although many have agreed with the hypothesis of the semeia source because of the unevenness in the Gospel upon which it is based, the attack of Ruckstuhl and Schweizer remained unanswered. In this work, the author uses four sets of indications: form, style, aporias and ideological tensions. The author finds that Johannine characteristics are evenly distributed in the Gospel, with the exception of some short Synoptic-like pericopes, mostIy miracle stories. The author finds that it is clear from a number of aporias that John must have used a shorter miracle story. The author distinguishes conscious Johannine additions from the rest.

Keywords: aporias; Johannine additions; Johannine redaction; Ruckstuhl; Schweizer; Semeia traditions



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