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Paul Foster Expository Times) "As historical Jesus studies continue on to new heights, Paul Anderson calls attention to the omission of the Gospel of John and the over reliance on the Synoptic Gospels in this.

Paul Foster Expository Times). Paul Anderson's Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus clearly enters a dialogue betweengospel studies and historical Jesus studies that is critically entrenched and opinionated. The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus is well-written and has a clear structure.

The casual reader may find little to hold their interest in this book, but the scholar and the pastor cannot afford to be without i. .

John's Gospel differs so significantly from the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) that the question arises often between scholars: Do we trust John, or the other three? In one simple example, the S A boring looking book, eh? Don't let the blandness of the cover fool you. This skinny little book may be one of the most important theological efforts of the last five years. The casual reader may find little to hold their interest in this book, but the scholar and the pastor cannot afford to be without i.

Series: The Library of New Testament Studies Categories: Special Studies in John. C. Johannine Contributions to the Quest for the Jesus of History. 1) Jesus' relationship with John the Baptizer in declaring the prolific availability of purification. 2) Jesus' early cleansing of the Temple as an inaugural prophetic sign designed to get the attention of religious authorities and others regarding his message.

The book is divided into four major sections and also a brief concluding section.

However, Paul Anderson's recent volume, The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus, seeks to challenge this current consensus within biblical studies. He describes the dominant position as one committed to the "dehistoricization of John and the deJohannification of Jesus" (p. 6). Although he is still committed to critical methodologies within modern scholarship, he thinks those same critical methodologies can challenge the current bias against John's historicity. The book is divided into four major sections and also a brief concluding section.

Paul Anderson challenges the modernistic view that because John is theological and different from the Synoptics it cannot be historical. The Christology of the Fourth Gospel: Its Unity and Disunity in the Light of John 6. Paul N. Anderson. ISBN13:9780567043948. Release Date:November 2006.

Title: The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus: Modern Foundations Reconsidered By: Paul N. Anderson Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 226 Vendor: T&T Clark Publication Date: 2008. Dimensions: . 0 X . 0 (inches) Weight: 13 ounces ISBN: 0567033309 ISBN-13: 9780567033307 Series: Library of New Testament Studies Stock No: WW033300. Publisher's Description

This book engages critically one of the most pervasive sets of assumptions within modern biblical studies: namely, that because John is theological and different from the Synoptics, it cannot be historical - nor does it contribute anything of substance to the quest for the historical Jesus. Part I develops a brief history of the debate. Part II assesses critically the strengths and weaknesses of six planks comprising the foundation for two major platforms. The first involves 'the de-historicization of John', the second 'the de-Johannification of Jesus'.

the Quest for Jesus: Modern Foundations Reconsidered. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 226 pages.

The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus: Modern Foundations Reconsidered. Paul Anderson is Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at the George Fox University, USA. As co-chair of the ‘John, Jesus, and History’ group of the Society of Biblical Literature meetings, he has been involved in the efforts to correct the increasing marginalization of the Gospel of John in scholarly discussions on the life and ministry of the ‘historical’ Jesus.

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This book could contribute to opening a new approach in Johannine and Jesus studies alike. Formerly the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement, a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches.

This book engages critically one of the most pervasive sets of assumptions within modern biblical studies: namely, that because John is theological and different from the Synoptics, it cannot be historical - nor does it contribute anything of substance to the quest for the historical Jesus. Part I develops a brief history of the debate. Part II assesses critically the strengths and weaknesses of six planks comprising the foundation for two major platforms. The first involves 'the de-historicization of John', the second 'the de-Johannification of Jesus'. Part III takes on centrally the question of how John's tradition may have developed in ways that are largely autonomous and individuated, but also holding open the possibility of contact with parallel gospel traditions. Part IV develops the particular contributions made by the Synoptics to the historical investigation of Jesus, and likewise those made by the Johannine tradition. Part V then develops an array of implications emerging from the present study, sketching trajectories for further investigation and paths of extended inquiry. While this approach may be mistaken as an appeal for the traditional view or a post-modern exploration, it is neither. It intends to be a critical analysis of the so-called 'critical consensus' on John's historicity and expulsion from historical Jesus resources. This book could contribute to opening a new approach in Johannine and Jesus studies alike.

  • Yanki
Anderson gives a truly evenhanded review of the last few centuries of biblical scholarship on John, as well as suggests many new areas of study.

More study has been focused on the Synoptics recently, not to mention the claims of Thomas and Q, or the now mostly discarded idea of Gnostic redeemer myth, than John. Most liberal scholars of the last century held that John was the least historical, least accurate, least early, of the gospels, and had no real claim to have been written by John.

Yet John is cited--arguably--as early as 1 Clement, about 95 AD, and Ignatius, about 110 AD, and is actually the gospel apparently most in use among early Christians, at least to judge by the fact that there are more fragments and papyri of John than any other gospel.

Anderson goes through all the various streams of research into John, citing their weaknesses and their strengths.

He finds that "where the great promise of critical scholarship has been its objective neutrality, the historical treatment of John comes across as less than that. When John's material is deemed different from the Synoptics it is excluded; where it is similar it is related to a derivative relationship to a non-Johannine source" (p 89).

For example, Anderson explains how Bultmann's approach "falls flat when tested on the basis of its own evidence" (p 77). Bultmann imagined that a "Theios Amer (a miracle-working God/Man) mythic construct prevalent in the contemporary social milieu would have affected" (p 90-1) the story told about Jesus.

Most problematic here is the timing. The Gnostic myths came later than the gospels. Nor does a possible influence mean an influence. Nor is it plausible that Second Temple Jew would use Hellenistic myths. On the contrary; it is clear John heavily uses the Old Testament and typological figures there--never Hellenistic myths.

Furthermore,it is also possible to see the Johannine Jesus as a "wisdom-imparting sage...Jesus not only brings divine wisdom; he is the Word and Wisdom of God: (p 94) as well as the "institution -challenging cynic" (p 94).

As for John's composition "the most plausible and least speculative of Johannine composition theories involves a two-edition theory of composition inferring that first edition of John was finalized around 80-85" ( p 78). And he argues that "The unreflective notion that religious typological ideas were simply taken over by Gospel traditions...is too simplistic. Religious typologies....were applied to interpretations of Jesus' ministry...because they made sense" (p 36).

Nor does he agree with the idea that the differences between the Synoptics and John suggest isolation by the author of John. Instead he proposes using "cognitive criticism...(which) examines the relation between the ministries of the purveyors of Jesus and their presentations of Jesus' ministry" (p 37).

One very helpful addition to this book is the way Anderson gives a review of all the strengths of one stream of scholarship versus the weaknesses of the same arguments, as detailed by later scholars.
  • avanger
A boring looking book, eh? Don't let the blandness of the cover fool you. This skinny little book may be one of the most important theological efforts of the last five years. My next book will be about the Gospel of John, and Anderson's book contributed significantly to my research.

John's Gospel differs so significantly from the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) that the question arises often between scholars: Do we trust John, or the other three? In one simple example, the Synoptics present a one-year ministry of Jesus, whereas John indicates at least a three-year ministry. But since John's Gospel reads so mystically (a more acceptable word may be "spiritually"), and since he seems outnumbered 3-to-1, most scholars through the centuries have given it little weight. It gets relegated to the pulpit as the "fourth Gospel," as if it didn't deserve a name.

Recent archaeological discoveries, however, have proven John's Gospel spot-on in a number of its claims. John is also the one Gospel that claims to be an eye-witness account. Anderson jumps on the bandwagon of recent scholarship and presents his argument that this Gospel is equally historically accurate, and as important to understanding the life of Jesus, as the Synoptics. And, of course, I believe he is right.

The casual reader may find little to hold their interest in this book, but the scholar and the pastor cannot afford to be without it.