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Paperback - 170 pp
Trinity Press International
This provocative study of language of the Fourth Gospel pursues the
complicated but intriguing thesis that the Gospel's language is a
blend of everyday, ordinary language and a 'special language'
suitable to the Johannine community. This 'special language'
transforms the ordinary language in a way that makes it into an
anti-language. The oppositional character of the language,
then, functioned socially to distinguish the Johannine believers
from their opponents.
By addressing the perplexing issue of language of the Fourth
Gospel in a way that has not yet been done, Professor Petersen has
made his work essential for specialists in New Testament and especially
in Johannine studies. The work deals with the literary,
historical, and sociological features of the Fourth Gospel.
Its use of diverse methodologies is one of the book's extraordinary
values, reflecting the current need for interdisciplinary efforts in