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The One and the Many

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This chapter addresses literary and narrative concerns in the Gospel of John with the help of classical literature. The testament is an important literary influence, but the chapter argues that other literary options exist in antiquity. The Gospel's author (or authors) takes advantage of them for the furtherance of theological and narrative designs. The chapter demonstrates that the testament cannot adequately do so, and that other literary springs flow into these chapters of the Gospel. It talks about John's associations with classical literature. It does not explore the Farewell Discourses exhaustively in pursuit of consolation themes. The goal is to move as quickly as possible to the larger concern, the theme of presence in absence. The work is not only about seeing Many instead of One. It is also about seeing One instead of Many.

Keywords: Farewell Discourses; Gospel of John; The One and the Many



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