History, Theology, and Narrative Rhetoric in the Fourth Gospel
Harold W. Attridge
Marquette University Press
The Gospel of John, one of the most enigmatic writings of the early Christian movement, has continued to
produce sophisticated scholarly analyses of its literary form, its relationship
to the Jesus of history, and its fundamental theological claims. Drawing on contemporary
Johannine scholarship this study explores how the gospel weaves into a dramatic
narrative a process of serious reflection on a fundamental question of
religious epistemology, how one can possibly come to a knowledge of a
mysterious God through a special human witness.
Harold W. Attridge is the Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale University Divinity School, where he has been on the faculty since 1997. Educated at Boston College, Cambridge University, and Harvard University, he has made important scholarly contributions to the study of Hellenistic Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi literature and the New Testament. His writings include Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews (Hermeneia, 1989) and Essays on John and Hebrews (2010).