Characterizing Jesus: A Rhetorical Analysis on the Fourth Gospel's Use of Scripture in Its Presentat (BOK)
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This study explores how the Fourth Gospels use of Scripturecontributes to its characterization of Jesus. Utilizing literary-rhetoricalcriticism, Myers approaches the Gospel in its final form, paying particularattention to how Greco-Roman rhetoric can assist in understanding the ways inwhich Scripture is employed to support the presentation of Jesus. It offersfurther evidence in favour of the Gospels use of rhetoric (particularly thepractices of synkrisis, ekpharsis, and prosopopoiia), and gives scholars a new way to use rhetoric tobetter understand the use of Scripture in the Fourth Gospel and the New Testamentas a whole.The book proceeds in three parts. First, it examines ancientMediterranean practices of narration and characterization in relationship tothe Gospel, concluding with an analysis of the Johannine prologue. In thesecond and third parts, it investigates explicit appeals to Scripture that aremade both in and outside of Jesus discourses.Through these analyses, Myers contends that the pervasivepresence of Scripture in quotations, allusions, and references acts ascorroborating evidence supporting the evangelists presentation of Jesus.