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Dining with John : communal meals and identity formation in the Fourth Gospel and its historical and cultural context

Kobel, Esther. (2011) Dining with John : communal meals and identity formation in the Fourth Gospel and its historical and cultural context. Biblical interpretation series, vol. 109. Leiden.

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Abstract

This book explores the accounts of communal meals and the metaphorical use of food and drink language in the narrative world of the Gospel of John. It argues that the Johannine community regularly gathered for communal meals in which the food and drink on the menu would have taken on a spiritual significance far exceeding the physical sustenance. In an attempt to illuminate the community's place in a wide variety of cultural matrices - social, literary, and political - Dining with John employs a socio-rhetorical methodology, revealing the Fourth Gospel as an entrant in complex play and conflict with Christian Gnostic, Jewish and pagan ideas. It tentatively describes that texts' influence on the formation of early Christian identity and suggests that the Johannine meal accounts provide a way to imagine the demographic composition of the community and its historical context.
Faculties and Departments:01 Faculty of Theology > Ehemalige Organisationseinheiten Theologie > Neues Testament (Stegemann)
UniBasel Contributors:Kobel Mouttet, Esther
Item Type:Book
Book Subtype:Authored Book
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:978-90-04-21778-2
Number of Pages:370 S.
Note:Thesis: Durchges. Diss. Univ. Basel, 2010 -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Authored book
Language:English
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Deposited On:02 Apr 2012 12:52

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