Forging a New Identity: Johannine Rhetoric and the Audience of the Fourth Gospel

  title={Forging a New Identity: Johannine Rhetoric and the Audience of the Fourth Gospel},
  author={Adele Reinhartz},
This chapter proposes an alternative to the construction of the audience, situation, and rhetorical purpose of the Gospel. The hypothesis is as follows: the audience, the "you" to which the Gospel is addressed, is not a Jewish group of Christ-confessors but a community, whether large or small, that included Samaritan and Gentile participants alongside Jewish believers in Christ who themselves had made the move from their groups of origin to this new community. The chapter is quite different… Expand
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For detailed discussion, see Marianne Meye
  • The 'Spiritual Gospel': How John the Theologian Writes History
  • 2007
All English translations are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
    Clement's reference to Gospel as a spiritual document is cited by Eusebius
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    For detailed discussion , see Marianne Meye , “ The ‘ Spiritual Gospel ’ : How John the Theologian Writes History , ” in John , Jesus , and History