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Caused to Believe: The Doubting Thomas Story as the Climax of John's Gospel (William Bonney) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2002) 9789004126602
Caused to Believe: The Doubting Thomas Story as the Climax of John's Gospel (William Bonney) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2002) 9789004126602
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Title: Caused to Believe: The Doubting Thomas Story as the Climax of John's Gospel

Author: Bonney, William

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004126602

Volumes: 1; Pages: vi, 194

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This book is a literary study of John's gospel focusing upon the doubting Thomas story's role as its climax. The author analyses the Thomas episode in light of the roles played by the characters Jesus encounters throughout the gospel. They serve primarily to reveal how Jesus' identity as God's life-giving son is perceived in relation to humanity. For those who believe, he is simultaneously both the cause and the object of faith. In John, "faith" and "life" are inseparable. The life that faith engenders flows from Jesus alone, and the faith achieved by his followers comes only as a result of his causative action. Thomas' change from unbeliever to believer is the climactic illustration of this idea.ContentsCh. 1 Jesus as the Focus of the Thomas Story John's Tripartite Narrative Structure Jesus Revealed in Terms of Relationships Method of Analysis Ch. 2 Modern Exegesis of the Thomas Story Historical Criticism The Influence of Bultmann R. Fortna's Redaction Theory Historical Critics Who Believe that John Upholds the Value of Signs Literary-critical Exegesis Conclusions and Proposal for a New Interpretation Ch. 3 John's Mimetic Narrative The Relation of the Text to Its Meaning Poesis as Mimesis Survey of Other Hermeneutical Approaches Ch. 4 Source of Life (Jesus Perceived in Relation to Humanity) Giblin's Tripartite Narrative Structure Overview of the Prologue (1:1-18) and Part One (1:19-4:54) Literary Analysis of the Prologue (1:1-18) and Part One (1:19-4:54) Function of Literary Devices in 3:1-41 and 4:7-42 Jesus Enables His Disciples' Success Ch. 5 Divider of Perspectives (Jesus Perceived in Relation to Opposition) Introduction John's Narrative Style and the Gospel's Purpose The Relationship between Jesus and Humanity from Several Vantage PointsJesus Revealed in Terms of AnthropologyAnalysis of Part Two (5:1-10:42) Ch. 6 Enabler of Faith (Jesus and Thomas: The Gospel's Climax) Introduction The Context in which John Introduces Thomas John's Characterization of Thomas Jesus' Plan for His Disciples The Context of Jn. 20:24-29 The Unbeliever (20:24-25) The Appearance to Thomas (20:26-29) The Appearance in Light of Jesus' Will Jesus Bids Thomas to Change The Beatitude for Future Believers (20:29) Bibliography Index of Modern Authors Index of Biblical and Other Ancient Sources
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