Anatomies of Narrative Criticism: The Past, Present, and by Tom Thatcher, Stephen D. Moore

By Tom Thatcher, Stephen D. Moore

Reflecting at the twenty-fifth anniversary of Alan Culpepper's milestone "Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel" (1983), "Anatomies of Narrative feedback" explores present developments within the learn of the Gospel of John as literature. The members to the quantity symbolize quite a lot of methodological methods that each one discover ways in which modern readers generate that means from John's tale of Jesus. The e-book comprises an creation to narrative-critical experiences of John; essays on particular topics and passages that concentrate on interpretation of the textual content, background of analysis, hermeneutical techniques, and destiny tendencies in examine; and, a reflective reaction from Alan Culpepper. total, the e-book seeks to track the heritage and venture the way forward for the learn of the Bible as narrative.

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But it is scarcely verifiable, at least not for the main passage, 13:23–26. But also 19:26f and 20:2–10 can be more easily explained if it is assumed that the evangelist used an account of the passion and Easter and himself brought in the scenes with the beloved disciple (cf. the commentary). Then, it is true, the evangelist cannot be identified with the beloved disciple. (1975, 3:380) 44 anatomies of narrative criticism This brief survey of the views of five towering figures in Johannine scholarship in the mid-twentieth century yields interesting points of agreement and also differences.

As will be seen, some contributors continue to follow in Culpepper’s footsteps, focusing on the structure of John’s narrative and speculating at times on the interface between synchronic and diachronic approaches, that is, between literary and historical concerns. Others illustrate a growing sensitivity to the social location of readers and the impact of experience and identity on one’s interpretation of the Fourth Gospel. Because the contributors to this volume represent a wide range of backgrounds and interests, and because they are leading figures in contemporary Johannine studies, it seems safe to suggest that the scope of issues reflected in this book will likely carry on into the next decades of research.

They represent, rather, choices that the author makes about how to tell the story, choices that are embedded in, and observable from, the presentation. Because Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel directly appropriated Chatman’s model, the discussion here will focus on Culpepper’s application of this communication paradigm to the interpretation of the Gospel of John. Culpepper’s discussion of Chatman’s communication diagram immediately betrayed his intention to undermine the eclipse of Johannine narrative.

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