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Engaging with C. H. Dodd on the Gospel of John
Sixty Years of Tradition and Interpretation

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Paul N. Anderson, John Ashton, Gilbert Van Belle, Jaime Clark-Soles, R. Alan Culpepper, David Godecharle, Craig R. Koester, Hellen Mardaga, Wendy E. S. North, John Painter, Tom Thatcher, Michael Theobald, Urban C. von Wahlde, Jan van der Watt, Catrin H. Williams
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  • Date Published: September 2013
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107035669

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  • C. H. Dodd's Historical Tradition in the Fourth Gospel, published in 1963, marked a milestone in New Testament research and has become a standard resource for the study of John. Historically biblical scholars have concentrated on the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. However, Dodd's book encouraged scholars to take John seriously as a source for the life of Jesus. This volume both reflects upon and looks beyond Dodd's writings to address the implications, limitations and potential of his groundbreaking research and its programmatic approach to charting a course for future research on the Gospel of John. Leading biblical scholars demonstrate the recent surge of interest in John's distinctive witness to Jesus, and also in Dodd's work as the harbinger of advancements in the study of the Fourth Gospel. This volume will be invaluable to all those studying the New Testament, Johannine theology and the history of the early Church.

    • Provides the first book-length assessment of C. H. Dodd's major work on the Gospel of John
    • Leading experts in the field map out the major developments in Johannine scholarship over the past sixty years
    • Considers John as a potential source for the historical Jesus, containing valuable and authentic insights into the history of the early Church
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    "[A] vital and worthy 'engagement' with a respected scholar. Great Johannine scholars of our own day reassess [C. H. Dodd's] work closely, evaluate his influence, and above all continue to engage in lively conversation with him. In doing so, they open up a debate with historiographical depth and contemporary edge. The collection of essays that results is valuable for the study both of the Fourth Gospel and of its historiography."
    The Expository Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107035669
    • length: 305 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    1. The semeiotics of history: C. H. Dodd on the origins and character of the Fourth Gospel Tom Thatcher
    Part I. Approaching the Problem: Reflections on Dodd's Context and Method:
    2. C. H. Dodd as a precursor to narrative criticism R. Alan Culpepper
    3. Progress and paradox: C. H. Dodd and Rudolf Bultmann on history, the Jesus tradition, and the Fourth Gospel Craig R. Koester
    4. Symbolism in John's Gospel: an evaluation of Dodd's contribution Jan van der Watt
    5. C. H. Dodd on John 13:16 (and 15:20): St John's knowledge of Matthew revisited David Godecharle and Gilbert Van Belle
    6. John and the rabbis revisited Catrin H. Williams
    7. Characters who count: the case of Nicodemus Jaime Clark-Soles
    Part II. History and Tradition in the Fourth Gospel:
    8. C. H. Dodd, the historical Jesus, and realized eschatology Urban C. von Wahlde
    9. Historical tradition(s) and/or Johannine redaction? A reflection on the threefold repetition of Pilate's statement 'I find no guilt in him' (John 18:38b
    19:4, 6) Hellen Mardaga
    10. Incidents dispersed in the synoptics and cohering in John: Dodd, Brown, and Johannine historicity Paul N. Anderson
    11. Reflections on a footnote John Ashton
    12. The anointing in John 12:1–8: a tale of two hypotheses Wendy E. S. North
    13. Eucharist and Passover: the two 'loci' of the liturgical commemoration of the Last Supper in the early Church Michael Theobald
    Part III. Future Directions:
    14. The Fourth Gospel and the founder of Christianity: the place of historical tradition in the work of C. H. Dodd John Painter.

  • Editors

    Tom Thatcher, Cincinnati Christian University
    Tom Thatcher is Professor of New Testament Studies at Cincinnati Christian University. His books include Jesus in Johannine Tradition (2000), Why John Wrote a Gospel (2006), What We Have Heard from the Beginning (2007) and John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel (with Richard Horsley, 2013).

    Catrin Williams, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
    Catrin H. Williams is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is the author of I Am He: The Interpretation of 'Anî Hû' in Jewish and Early Christian Literature (2000) and co-editor of John's Gospel and Intimations of Apocalyptic (with Christopher Rowland, 2013).


    Paul N. Anderson, John Ashton, Gilbert Van Belle, Jaime Clark-Soles, R. Alan Culpepper, David Godecharle, Craig R. Koester, Hellen Mardaga, Wendy E. S. North, John Painter, Tom Thatcher, Michael Theobald, Urban C. von Wahlde, Jan van der Watt, Catrin H. Williams

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