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A Sociology of Johannine Christianity

Texts & Studies in Religion v. 69

By (author) Anthony J. Blasi
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Aug 1996
Dimensions: w 165mm h 240mm d 32mm
Weight: 794g
ISBN-10: 0773487530
ISBN-13: 9780773487536
Barcode No: 9780773487536
This study seeks to uncover the first-century community dynamics that occurred among the people to whom the Gospel of John is addressed. It first separates early from late passages, then portrays the local social situation around each layer of literary tradition. Following the successive portrayals, the study finds a change from the 'forum' social situation to a 'jurisdictional dispute', and then to a schism between Christians and non-Christians within a local synagogue. Following the schism came the formation of separate Jewish and Christian identities, a high Christology among the Christians, and a conformance on the part of the Johannines to the practice of other Christian groups. Discussions focus on Johannine conceptions of ultimacy, the desyncretizing activity among the Johannine Christians, and their similitude of modernity.

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