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In this chapter, the author challenges current scholarly consensus concerning John's references to the Jews in two ways. First, he suggests that John's portrayal of the Jews and Jewishness cannot be understood as a response to the violent policy of Jewish leaders in John's environment. Second, he claims that John's portrayal of Jewishness is much more ambivalent than is often claimed today. The author calls into question of an outsider's position in relation to Jewishness, and claims that it was not external pressure that made the evangelist and his group view some basics of Jewishness as outsiders. There is also the notorious charge that the Jews are of the devil, a charge which opens up a perspective on the dualistic framework of the narrative. The chapter shows how the Fourth Gospel that has its origins so deep in diverse Jewish traditions contributed to the development of a non-Jewish Christian identity.

Keywords: Fourth Gospel; Jewishness; John's references; non-Jewish Christian

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