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John's Use of Ezekiel: Understanding the Unique Perspective of the Fourth Gospel

Author: 
Brian Neil Peterson (Author)
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Scholars have long puzzled over the distinctive themes and sequence of John’s narrative in contrast to the accounts in the Synoptic Gospels. Brian Neil Peterson now offers a remarkable explanation for some of the most unusual features of the Fourth Gospel, including the exalted language of the Johannine prologue; the focus upon Jesus as Word; the imagery of light and darkness, of glory and “tabernacling”; the role—and rejection—of prophecy; the early placement of Jesus’ “cleansing” of the temple and his relation to it; the emphasis on “signs” confirming Jesus’ identity; and the prominence of Jesus’ “I Am” sayings.

Peterson finds important connections with motifs, themes, and even the macrostructure of the book of Ezekiel at just the points of John’s divergence from the synoptic narrative. His examination of events and sequence in the Fourth Gospel produces a novel understanding of John as steeped in the theology of Ezekiel—and of the Johannine Christ as the fulfillment of the vision of Ezekiel.

ISBN: 
9781451490312
Price: 
$39.00
Release date: 
August 1, 2015
Pages: 
241
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

“Brian Peterson’s book John’s Use of Ezekiel is an intriguing intertextual journey into the prophet Ezekiel and the Fourth Gospel. While some scholars have worked along the edges of this complex topic, Peterson has sounded its depths with careful arguments and perceptive insights into why and how John drew upon Ezekiel, and in the process, has cast John’s methodology and purpose in a new light. Peterson’s innovative scholarship has set a new milestone in Ezekiel-John intertextual studies to which all students of the Fourth Gospel will need to give careful attention.”
—C. Hassell Bullock
Wheaton College (Illinois)  

“In this volume, Brian Peterson offers a sustained discussion of numerous structural and thematic parallels between the book of Ezekiel and John’s Gospel, arguing that John consciously chose to fashion his book after Ezekiel’s visions, sign acts, and oracles. Peterson plausibly suggests that the similarity in presentation is grounded in the two authors’ shared experience of the destruction of the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Without diminishing the formative contribution of other Old Testament books such as Isaiah, Ezekiel certainly makes an important (and often underestimated) contribution to John’s theology. Peterson is to be commended for giving Ezekiel his due in the study of John’s Gospel. Highly recommended!”
—Andreas J. Kӧstenberger
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Interpreters have long observed that the Gospel of John is steeped in the Old Testament and how it makes a rich theological contribution. Genesis, Exodus, and the wisdom tradition have rightly been explored. But Brian Neil Peterson, in his stimulating new study, highlights the significant role that themes and structures from Ezekiel have played in John's presentation of Jesus. This is an exciting book.”
—Craig A. Evans
Acadia Divinity College