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Chapter One: Perceptions Regarding the Style of the Fourth Gospel in Past Research

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Chapter Summary

The style of the Fourth Gospel is a subject which receives relatively little attention in modern Johannine research. A close scrutiny of the well-known lists and catalogues of research publications on the Johannine writings reveals that, although questions related to Johannine language and literary criticism were indeed of importance, with the exception of Malatesta, McPolin and Van Belle not one of the catalogues has a specific rubric on the question of Johannine style or language. This chapter identifies the different approaches to and perceptions of Johannine style as it emerged during the past seven or eight decades of this century and to analyze and describe these approaches. The analyses of the different approaches is done thematically rather than chronologically, because a thematic discussion of the different approaches will elucidate the problems pertaining to the content, scope and methodology involved in each individual approach, somewhat better.

Keywords: Fourth Gospel; Johannine; language and literary criticism



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