Theory, Method, Implied Author, Author: The Gospel of John as a Means of Communication

Seminar by David Svärd, Doctoral Candidate (Lund University)

08.08.2016 | Louise Heldgaard

Dato ons 07 sep
Tid 13:15 16:00
Sted Camera Biblica, 3. sal bygning 1451

This paper consists of three parts of the introductory chapter of my doctoral dissertation about the Johannine Anointing of Jesus in Bethany. First, I describe my hermeneutical theory (6 pages) for literary communication building on Eric J. Douglass in his recent monograph Reading the Bible Ethically. In this model the intentional processes of writing and reading are described separated from each other, but with interconnecting nodes which makes it possible for the author to communicate his/her meanings to the audience. Second, three methodological steps (4 pages) are crystallized. It will be necessary to construct the ideal reader in a historical analysis, the implied reader in a literary analysis, as well as accounting for subjective reproductions in an authorial analysis. Third, some of the literary and historical aspects brought up in the theory and method sections are delineated in more detail. The implied author (ca. 4 pages) in John is discussed on an overall level with the help of Culpepper, Staley, Tovey, and more. This discussion of the internal evidence forms the starting-point for a discussion of the (real) author (ca. 3 pages) of the Gospel with the help of Hengel, Bauckham, and Köstenberger. The third part is new material and should be focused upon during the seminar.