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The Lawsuit Motif in John’s Gospel from New Perspectives: Jesus Christ, Crucified Criminal and Emperor of the World
By Per Jarle Bekken, University of Nordland, Bodø
ISBN13: 9789004278615
Publication Date: 
September 2014
Imprint: BRILL
Main Series: Novum Testamentum, Supplements
Volume: 158

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The study sheds fresh light on aspects of the lawsuit motif in John from the background of Diaspora-Jewish and Greco-Roman data and perspectives. – John’s narrative of the attempts on Jesus for such crimes as breaking the Sabbath, blasphemy, and seduction are illuminated from Philo’s perspectives on vigilante execution. – Furthermore, John’s narrative of the official Jewish and Roman forensic procedures against Jesus can also be situated within the framework of the Greco-Roman administration exemplified by the legal papyri from the Roman Egypt. – Philo’s expectation of an eschatological emperor, who shall rule over many nations, provides a cultural context for the way John’s gospel re-inscribed Jesus as the true “Emperor” of all the nations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part One: The Jewish and Roman ‘Trial’
2. Jewish Reactions against Violators of the Torah in Philo and John
3. The Official Jewish and Roman Proceedings against Jesus in the Light of Greco-Roman Protocols
Part Two: The Johannine Lawsuit Motif in the Light of the Divine Realm and Jurisdiction
4. The Debate about Valid Testimony in John 5:31–40; 8:12–20 and Philo, Legum Allegoria 3:205–8
5. The Reversal of the Accusations of Blasphemy: John 5:1‒18 and 10:31‒9 in a Jewish Context
Part Three: The Theme of Jesus’ Kingship in Negotiation with Jewish Hopes and the Roman Empire
6. The Divine Lawsuit Motif in John in the Light of Philo’s Treatise De Iosepho
7. The Theme of Jesus’ Kingship in Negotiation with Jewish Hopes and the Roman Empire