John's Gospel: A Two-Level Drama?
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal for the Study of the New Testament
During the past decades, scholars have attempted to reconstruct the history of a Johannine community through reading John's Gospel as a two-level drama. According to this understanding, the Gospel relates events that took place in the community after Jesus' earthly ministry, while these events are presented as a story about Jesus himself. The present essay evaluates this allegorical reading of the Gospel, first through a search for ancient parallels that would constitute a genre of the two-level drama, secondly through a discussion of the alleged intra-textual indications of the Gospel's allegorical character. The conclusion arrived at is that both the search for an ancient two-level genre and the search for hints of allegory in the text are unsuccessful. The hypothesis of a Johannine two-level drama is therefore highly implausible.
- Philosophy and Religion
- Johannine community
- Gospel of John
- ISSN: 0142-064X