By Karoline M. Lewis
The heritage of scholarship narrates a sophisticated prior for the translation of the «Shepherd Discourse» within the Fourth Gospel. either the interior and contextual integrity of John 9:39-10:21 were compromised by way of a misapplied analogy dividing the passage right into a parable and rationalization constitution, and through examining types that prefer old methods. therefore, the pictures and figures encountered within the discourse haven't been allowed their complete inventive effect and the tendency is to appear outdoor the Gospel for his or her referents and motives. The that means of the «Shepherd Discourse» lies now not in its relation to the remainder of the Fourth Gospel, yet to that that's imported into the narrative. in addition, its functionality because the discourse to bankruptcy nine, and within the entire of the Gospel, is overlooked.
Lewis employs the method of rereading, borrowed from literary concept, to deal with the interior integrity of the discourse and the connection of the discourse to the remainder of the narrative. The literary phenomenon of rereading highlights the interconnectedness of the complete of the discourse and permits all the imagery to be assessed at a figurative point. Rereading additionally foregrounds the functionality of John 9:39-10:21 because the discourse to the therapeutic of the blind guy in bankruptcy 9, and calls realization to the significance of the «Shepherd Discourse» for the translation of the Fourth Gospel, specifically the often-ignored photograph of Jesus because the door. This ebook means that rereading is necessitated by means of the Gospel itself as a basic characteristic of its designated theological expression.
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