Divine or Human Emotions? The Character of Jesus in the Gospel of John

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List of Authors: Kari Syreeni
Place: Göttingen
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & ruprecht
Book title: Nordic Interpretations of the New Testament: Challenging Texts and Perspectives
Title of series: Studia aarhusiana Neotestamentica
Number in series: 5
Start page: 283
End page: 306
ISBN: 978-3525554562


The article analyses the characterization of Jesus in the Gospel of John, focusing on the the depiction of emotions. It is argued that the various layers of Johannine tradition and redaction attribute different sets of emotions to Jesus. The oldest tradition depicts a miracle man with heroic but at times rough human emotions. The pre-passion written layer presents an elevated divine figure who, however, lacks human compassion. The final redaction taht produced the present Gospel and its passion storyline, again has a more human Jesus - yet without compromising his divine status.

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