The Beloved Disciple circulated stories about Jesus that eventually came to be written down. In this study, Tom Thatcher delves deeply into why the Fourth Gospel is so different from the Synoptics, how oral traditions become texts, and (drawing modern parallels) the kinds of memories stories help create among hearers. Thatcher builds on previous scholarship to ask new and exciting questions: Why was this Gospel written? Why would those followers of Jesus turn the oral stories into written Gospel? He uncovers how early Christians came into conflict with one another about which memories were best. Thatcher builds on previous scholarship to ask new and exciting questions: Why was this Gospel written? and Why would those followers of Jesus turn the oral stories into written Gospel?
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Tackles a core Gospel question
Date:November 24, 2013
When I think about the four canonical Gospels, I hear the tune from Sesame Street playing: "One of these things is not like the others." Scholars have wrestled with the question of what to do with John for centuries (indeed, even the church fathers went to great lengths to account for the different content and tenor of the Fourth Gospel). Thatcher tackles this question head on in this important book, and it's an important question with implications for the role the Fourth Gospel should play in thinking about the historical Jesus, the distinctive voice of the Fourth Gospel, and the purposes behind this Gospel (and therefore the keys to its appropriation by the faithful).
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Review 2 for Why John Wrote a Gospel: Jesus-Memory-History
Date:May 25, 2013
Really did not care for the way this book was written