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The Johannine Christians, The Jews and Jewishness

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In this chapter, the author suggests that a comparison of John with the Dead Sea Scrolls clearly shows how differently the Johannine community and the Qumran community understood some basics of Jewishness. He suggests that the Johannine Christians themselves interpreted their faith in Jesus in such a way that it led them on a collision course with basic matters of Jewishness. The portrayal of the Johannine Jesus is a prime example of the ambivalence of John's presentation of Jewishness. It is important to recognize the interplay between features showing both continuity and discontinuity in John's portrayal of Jewishness. He thinks continuity and discontinuity with the past also characterizes how different Jewish traditions are developed in John. The author refers to some examples that are enough to suggest that there is a significant difference between the symbolic universe of the Qumran sect and the Johannine group.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Jesus; Jewishness; Johannine Christians; Johannine community; Qumran community



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