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The Gospel of John : A Universalistic Reading
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Johnson Thomaskutty, Foreword by Paul N. Anderson.
Bibliographical Details xx, 302 p. ills. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351484009
ISBN-13 9789351484004, 978-9351484004
Year of Publication 2020.
Series Biblical Hermeneutics Rediscovered - 25.
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The Fourth Gospel functions as a literary masterpiece that facilitates a narrative beyond the time and space aspects. The Gospel’s linguistic phenomena and stylistic aspects are peculiar as they attune the attention of the readers to a dramatic and ideological world of its own. The connection between the narrator and the readers is established from an eternal vantage point as the narrator directs the readers towards atemporal and universal realities. The peculiar linguistic and idiosyncratic techniques of the narrator have the power to absorb the attention of the readers not only from a ‘there and then’ and ‘here and now’ senses but also from an ‘everywhere and ever’ perspective. In that sense, the Fourth Gospel functions as a gnomic and universalistic artistry.



                     Part 1. Universalistic Linguistics and Literary Characteristics of John

1. Universalistic Language and Literary Style of the Fourth Gospel
2. Re-reading the Gospel of John in the Light of William Carey's Linguistic Methods
3. Dialogical Nature of John's Prologue
4. Dialogue as a Literary Genre in the Book of Sings (John 1:19-12:50)

Part 2. Universalistic Nature of Themes and Characters in John

5. Glo[b/c]alization and Mission[s]: Reading John's Gospel
6. Missional-Pneumatology of the Fourth Gospel
7. Explorations of Prosperity in the Fourth Gospel
8. Characterization of Thomas in the Fourth Gospel

Part 3. Dynamic Localization: Johannine Texts and the Contexts

9. Biblical Interpretation in the Global-Indian Context: Reading John 4:1-42 as a Paradigm
10. "Religious Freedom and Conversion in India Today": Reading John's Gospel as a Jewish-Christian Conflict Narrative
11. Johnnnine Women as Paradigms in the Indian Context
12. The Event of Foot Washing in John 13:1-20 as a Paradigm for Witnessing Christ in the Indian Context
13. Faith and Theology in the Johannine Community and in the Reformation: A Paradigm in the Indian Context
14. Reading John's Gospel in the Nepali Context
15. Reading John's Gospel in the Bangladeshi Context

Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Authors

Johnson Thomaskutty (Ph.D., Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Holland) teaches New Testament at the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. Formerly, he has served as a Lecturer of New Testament and College Chaplain at the Serampore College, Hooghly, West Bengal. He has authored books titled, Saint Thomas the Apostle: New Testament, Apocrypha, and Historical Traditions (New York/London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018) and Dialogue in the Book of Signs: A Polyvalent Analysis of John 1:19-12:50 (Leiden/Boston: E. J. Brill, 2015). His forthcoming works include An Asian Introduction to the New Testament (Fortress Press), India Commentary on the Gospel of John (Fortress Press), and Asia Bible Commentary on the Gospel of John (Langham Press).

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