Retelling scripture: 'the Jews' and the scriptural citations in John 1:19-12:15

Ruth Fernandes

Research output: Book/ReportBook


The last century of scholarship on the Old Testament citations in the Gospel of John has concentrated almost exclusively upon source-critical or redaction-critical issues with the aim of determining the Christological import of the citations. The current book brings a narrative-rhetorical methodology to bear upon the seven explicit Scriptural citations in the Gospel's 'Book of Signs' (1:19-12:50) that are prefaced by a distinct introductory formula (1:19-12:15). These citations are each addressed to, or imply, a particular textual audience, namely, 'the Jews'. This book argues that as such ' read morethe citations do not merely have Christological significance but function at the narrative level to encourage an ideal reader to construct a particularly negative characterization of 'the Jews'.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
Number of pages294
ISBN (Electronic)9789004226296
ISBN (Print)9789004214422
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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