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Posted November 15, 2006

Book: John: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist
Author: Warren Carter
Hendrickson Publishers.
Peabody, MA. 2006. Pp. 264

An Excerpt from the Jacket:

John: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist is an accessible introduction to the Fourth Gospel. This book examines three aspects of Johnís Gospel: Johnís telling of the story of Jesus, his interpretation of Jesus for his readers, and his formulation of all of this into the Gospel of Jesus.

Carter surveys the central issues of this Gospel and engages with narrative and historical approaches, the two dominant methods used in interpreting Johnís Gospel. In addition, he introduces his readers to a consideration of the Gospelís negotiation of the Roman imperial world.

An Excerpt from the Book:

Consistently the male disciples are outperformed by a small number of women who often present examples of positive responses ó believing in or entrusting themselves to Jesus. Some of these women live outside the conventional power structures of their male-dominated society. They witness and discern Jesusí revelation of Godís purposes and play key roles in accomplishing them. In doing so, they also contribute significantly to the characterization of Jesus.

Table of Contents:

Chapter I: The Genre of Johnís Gospel

2. The Plot of Johnís Gospel

3. Characters: God and Jesus

4. Other characters

5. Johnspeak: The Gospelís distinctive dualistic language

6. Telling the story: Johnís style

7. John: Interpreter of scriptures and sources about Jesus

8. John: Interpreters for changing historical circumstanceds

9. John the Evangelist: Author and ďAuthor-ityĒ

10. The Good News according to John

11. Postscript