The Judaean Poor and the Fourth Gospel
By (author) Timothy J. M. Ling
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Judaean Poor and the Fourth Gospel by Timothy J. M. Ling
Book DescriptionJudaean society in the first century did not conform to the stereotypical 'Mediterranean honour culture', in that it lacked a significant gentile population and was dominated by a powerful religious elite. Timothy Ling argues that this demands a new social-scientific approach to the Gospel and Letters of John that moves away from the accepted 'sectarian' interpretation. He attributes their distinctiveness instead to their roots in Jesus' Judaean ministry, as contrasted with the Galilean ministry that has attracted much recent study. In particular, Ling contends that the numerous references to 'the poor' in the New Testament can be better understood in the context of the 'alternative' ideologies found among pietistic religious groups practising asceticism, renunciation, and other forms of 'virtuoso religion' in first-century Judaea. In doing so, he mounts a convincing challenge to the current dominant reading of the Gospel of John as a product of early Christian sectarianism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521091428
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Timothy J. M. Ling
Developing Faithful Ministers, Paperback (June 2012)
A key resource for all working with clergy on the development of a more professional and demonstrably capable understanding and practice of ministry. Excellent range of contributors who represent some of the leading thinkers in a number of key areas in this field.
Judaean Poor and the Fourth Gospel, Hardback (August 2006)» View all books by Timothy J. M. Ling
A reassessment of the ideology behind John's Gospel, as rooted in first-century Judaean asceticism.
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Author Biography - Timothy J. M. Ling
Timothy J. M. Ling is Ministry Development Officer for The Board of Ministry and Training, Canterbury Diocese of the Church of England.
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