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Bibil Identifier bibil:214025
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Judas and the Rhetoric of Comparison in the Fourth Gospel
Author Martin, Michael W.
Series New Testament Monographs (Volume: 25)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Signature -
Publishing house Sheffield Phoenix Press
Place Sheffield
ISBN 978-1-906055-87-5
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xi Pages
173 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Why is Judas repeatedly contrasted in the Fourth Gospel with other characters, and why is he repeatedly depicted in these comparisons as the consummate defector? The answer to these questions, Martin argues, lies in the ancient rhetorical theory and practice of ‘syncrisis’, the formal, rhetorical comparison of persons or things. Surveying the Graeco-Roman textbooks of composition that taught this device and the ancient authors who used it, Martin shows that syncrisis was often used to juxtapose ‘genera’ or ‘groups’ via their ‘outstanding’ or ‘extreme’ members. In such comparisons, a two-level drama unfolds, with the verdict of superiority being applicable both to the individuals being compared and to the groups they represent. The Johannine Judas, Martin argues, is featured in this manner of comparison over against Peter, and his portrayal in the Gospel as the consummate defector points, along with several other clues, to his identity as a representative of the schismatics who seceded from the Johannine community and who are described in 1, 2 and 3 John.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Judas Iscariot
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Gospel of John
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Johannine Writings
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Peter
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