John the Baptist in Life and Death

John the Baptist in Life and Death

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In a narrative about Jesus, a character like John the Baptist would not be expected to play a role much beyond that of providing a baptism for Jesus. Yet the Matthaean narrator finds several other uses for John in the development of the narrative, not only while he is still alive, but also after he is dead. In examining John's role, Yamasaki deploys an audience-oriented critical methodology, an approach that chronicles the narrator's efforts to influence first-time readers' experience of the narrative as they proceed sequentially through the text. He traces John's characterization as 'forerunner', from a glowing introduction in ch. 3-albeit with a slight flaw in his ideological point of view on Jesus-through a progressive exacerbation of this flaw, to a rehabilitation of John in ch. 11. As a result of this rehabilitation, the narrator is able to continue to use John in his role as forerunner in the second half of the narrative, even after John's death has removed him from the story-line.Daniel Patte also finds in the verbs CXKOVagt;CO and pXenco a distinction between Jesusa#39; words and deeds.12 Patte asserts that ... The reference to what Johna#39;s disciples hear most naturally relates to Jesusa#39; own words about his activities asanbsp;...

Title:John the Baptist in Life and Death
Author:Gary Yamasaki
Publisher:A&C Black - 1998-11-01


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