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Otherness and identity in the Gospel of John / Sung Uk Lim.
Lim, Sung Uk
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, .
xiv, 195 pages ; 22 cm
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Other (Philosophy) in the Bible
"In this book, Sung Uk Lim examines the narrative construction of identity and otherness through ongoing interactions between Jesus and the so-called others as represented by the minor characters in the Gospel of John. This study reconfigures the otherness of the minor characters in order to reconstruct the identity of Jesus beyond the exclusive binary of identity and otherness. The recent trends in Johannine scholarship are deeply entrenched in a dialectical framework of inclusion and exclusion, perpetuating positive portrayals of Jesus and negative portrayals of the minor characters. Read in this light, Jesus is portrayed as a superior, omniscient, and omnipotent character, whereas minor characters are depicted as inferior, uncomprehending, and powerless. At the root of such portrayals lies the belief that the Johannine dualistic Weltanschauung warrants such a sharp differentiation between Jesus and the minor characters. Lim argues, to the contrary, that the multiple constructions of otherness deriving from the minor characters make Jesus' identity vulnerable to a constant process of transformation. Consequently, John's minor characters actually challenge and destabilize Johannine hierarchical dualism within a both/and framework"--Back cover.
Revision of author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Vanderbilt University, 2015 under title: Jesus and the others : otherness and identity in the Gospel of John.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-183) and index.
Introduction: why otherness matters in biblical interpretation -- Interpretive frameworks for otherness and identity in the Johannine narrative -- Reading the otherness in-between -- Reading the otherness within -- Reading the otherness without -- Reading the otherness beyond -- Conclusion: reconfiguring otherness, identity, and solidarity in biblical interpretation and beyond.
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