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This work sets out to demonstrate that the sectarian Qumran document The Rule of the Community, provides linguistic clues which illuminate our understanding of how the author of the Fourth Gospel used truth terminology and expected it to be understood. It establishes that there are significant linguistic similarities shared by these two corpora. While these may be attributed to a development of the common tradition shared by both, as well as the influence ideology, the semantic continuity with the Rule of the Community makes it likely that the author of the Fourth Gospel was familiar with the mode of thought represented in the linguistic matrix of the Qumran literature and that he followed this in articulating his ideas in certain parts of his Gospel.
Table of contents
TABLES CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION Purpose and Significance of the Study Statement of the Problem Semantic Principles Survey of Qumran and New Testament Research Methodological Considerations Content Outline CHAPTER 2: TRUTH TERMINOLOGY IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Introduction Lexical Survey of aleth- word Group Prologue: 1:1-19 The Book of Signs: 1:19-12:50 Book of Glory: 13:1-20:31 Conclusion CHAPTER 3: TRUTH TERMINOLOGY IN THE RULE Introduction Lexical Survey General Introduction: 1.1-15 Entry into the Community: 1.16-3.12 Doctrine of the Community: 3.13-4.26 Purpose and Way of Life of the Community: 5.1-6.23 Penitential Code of the Community: 6.24-7.25 Model of a Pioneer Community to Pave the Way for the Main Community: 8.1-9.26 Closing Hymn: 10.1-11.22 Conclusion CHAPTER 4: BACKGROUND OF USAGE Introduction Background of the Gospel of John Common Tradition: Truth in the Hebrew Old Testament/Septuagint Current usage Early Christian Writings of the First Century Conclusion CHAPTER 5: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF TRUTH TERMINOLOGY IN THE TWO DOCUMENTS Introduction Meaning of 'Truth' Figurative Meaning Referential Use Conclusion CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS Implications for the Interpretation of the Gospel of John APPENDIX BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Published by T & T Clark International (August 17th 2010) - Copyright © 2010