Book Details

Apprehension of Jesus in the Gospel of John (by JOSAPHAT C. TAM)
2015. XVII, 265 pages. ISBN 978-3-16-154065-3.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 399


Josaphat C. Tam discusses the “apprehension of Jesus” concept in John’s Gospel by focusing on the apostle’s use of seeing, hearing, knowing, witnessing, remembering and believing terms. In so doing, the author contributes to a better understanding of the concept and John’s persuasive strategies by delineating a four-phased apprehension of Jesus in line with the overall plot. On this basis, he postulates four aspects of John’s intended impact. Firstly, John has a dual faith-engendering goal targeted at believers and non-believing alike while he secondly skillfully reminds his audience of the importance of Jesus’ “presentness” as a living, omniscient and divine being. Thirdly, the past activities of “seeing” and “hearing” in the Gospel are associated with reading John’s trustworthy testimony in the present. Finally, the belief or unbelief of readers is exposed to challenging possibilities when the narrated Jesus is encountered.