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Bibil Identifier bibil:219682
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Origin and Development of the Johannine Egō Eimi Sayings in Cognitive-Critical Perspective
Author Anderson, Paul N.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 9, Issue: 2-3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 139-206 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The long-held critical judgment that the I-am sayings of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel have no connection at all with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth is based primarily on the inference that they are entirely missing from the Synoptics. As a result, John has been expunged from Jesus research, assuming its patent ahistoricity; yet critical analyses have largely overlooked Johannine-Synoptic similarities. While the Johannine presentation of Jesus' I-am sayings is indeed distinctive and highly theological, it cannot be claimed that either the I-am convention of speech or its predicate metaphors and themes are absent from the Synoptics. Indeed, some absolute I-am sayings are present in Mark, and each of the nine terms used with the predicate nominative in John are also present in the Synoptics. Therefore, it cannot be claimed that such terms, on the basis of the Synoptics alone, were never used by the historical Jesus or present within early traditional material. As a means of discerning a plausible understanding of how the Johannine presentation of the I-am sayings of Jesus may have emerged, cognitive-critical analysis poses a way forward. Within the developing memory of the Johannine tradition, earlier words of Jesus likely became crafted into the evangelist's apologetic presentation of Jesus' ministry as a means of convincing later audiences that he was indeed the Messiah/Christ.
DOI 10.1163/174551911X612782
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : I-Saying
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Gospel of John
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