By Tom Thatcher

Nineteen hundred years in the past, a person referred to as the cherished Disciple instructed tales approximately Jesus and his days on the earth, together with experiences of what Jesus did and stated. those tales were todl for many years, yet then somebody took the tales and wrote them down, turning them from oral culture into the ebook we all know because the Gospel of John. students have lengthy focused on the content material of this Fourth Gospel, reading the way it differs from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and thinking about how the various Gospels relate to the Jesus of heritage. Thatcher builds on all this earlier scholarship to as new and interesting questions: Why was once this Gospel written? Why might those fans of Jesus flip the oral tales into written Gospel? In exploring the cause of writing the Fourth Gospel, Thatcher specializes in how tales and written texts function to mirror and to create reminiscence with in teams of individuals. He uncovers how early Christians strove to recollect Jesus within the a long time after his ministry and the way Christians got here into clash with each other approximately which thoughts have been top. With this curiosity within the social reminiscence of early Christians, Thatcher presents unique insights into the Gospel of John and indicates new solutions to outdated questions. Writing in a fascinating and obtainable sort, Thatcher makes use of a number of diagrams and smooth parallels to teach how Gospel texts form the reminiscence and id of Christian groups, not just within the historical global bu at the present time besides.

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