TITLE

THE JEWS AND THE MESSIANIC COMMUNITY IN JOHANNINE LITERATURE

AUTHOR(S)
Müller, Ekkehardt
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
DavarLogos;2005, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p159
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article addresses the controversial subject of John's so-called negative attitude towards the Jews. After mentioning different approaches to the problem, the vocabulary employed by John pointing to Jews, their ancestors, and Jewish institutions is investigated. The occurrence of twenty different terms used in the Synoptic Gospels and the Johannine literature is mentioned before some of them are studied in detail. These include the terms "Jews", "Israel", "crowd", "chief priests", "rulers", and "Pharisees" in the Gospel of John and the term "Jews" in the Apocalypse. The picture that emerges is much more balanced than may appear at first glance. There is no wholesale condemnation of the Jews in John. Instead John points to a Messianic community consisting of Jews and all those who choose to believe in the Messiah.
ACCESSION #
18917784

 

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